Professor Dr. Chong Kee Yong
Chong Kee Yong, one of Malaysia’s leading contemporary music composers, possesses one of the most exciting voices in new music today. Indeed, his work has been hailed as “imaginative and poetic” by leading conductor-composer Peter Eötvös, and as “very inventive and artistically pure” by composer Jonathan Harvey. The uniqueness of his music stems not only from a rich palette of sounds, but from his experimentation with traditions. His works are infused with his own Chinese and multicultural Malaysian heritage..
Dr. Chong’s distinctive style has won him many awards and commissions. His list of prizes is remarkable, and include 2 times Prix Marcel Hastir, 2nd Seoul International Competition, the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra International Composers’ Award, the Lutoslawski Award, the BMW Award of Isang Yun Music Prize, the commission grant award by the Serge Koussevitzky Music Foundation, the “Outstanding Young Malaysian Award” and many more.
Dr. Chong has been awarded the the position of composer-in-residency with Akademie der Künste (Germany), Herrenhaus Edenkoben (Germany), Asian Cultural Council (USA), the Center Henri Pousseur (Belgium), SWR EXPERIMENTALSTUDIO (Germany), Civitella Ranieri Foundation Fellowship 2014 (USA/Italy), Korea National Gugak Center fellowship, IGNM-VS / Forum Wallis in Leuk Switzerland, spring workshop Hong Kong and CulturalSummit Abu Dhabi 2018.
To recognize Dr. Chong’s contributions to South East Asia’s contemporary music scene, Huddersfield University (UK) awarded him a full scholarship for PhD study by publication, 2014-2016, under the guidance of Prof. Liza Lim.
Dr. Chong is the creative director of Studio C, former president (2017-2019) and recent executive committee member of the Society of Malaysian Contemporary Composers. He was the artistic director of the 2009 Kuala Lumpur Contemporary Music Festival and SMCC Contemporary Music Festival “SoundBridge” in 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019. 2016-2017 he was visiting professor at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, and in 2018, visiting professor at the Danish Royal Academy of Music.
Executive producer and artistic director,
SMCC “SoundBridge” Contemporary Music Festival
Director of Studio C and Ensemble Studio C,
“Society of Malaysian Contemporary Composers” (SMCC)