Daniel Ting-cheung Lo completed a PhD (Composition) at the University of York in the UK in 2017 under the supervision of Professor William Brooks, fully supported by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance Fund. Previously, he studied composition with Dr Hing-yan Chan at the University of Hong Kong where he graduated with first class honours in 2009 and then earned an MPhil (Music Composition) in 2012.
Lo has won various prizes and awards in both local and international composition contests including 1st Prize at the 7th Musica e Arte Composition Contest (Rome, 2011); 1st Prize at the 3rd Migratory Journeys International Music Composition Competition (Chicago, 2010/2011); 2nd Prize at the Sofia 2012 International Composition Competition (Bulgaria, First Prize not awarded); 3rd Prize at the 2010 International Antonín Dvořák Composition Competition in Prague, and 3rd Prize in New Generation 2010 Hong Kong.
Lo’s compositions have been performed throughout Europe, Asia, North America and Australia, including commissions from world-renowned musicians. His works have been performed by players from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Bang-on-a-Can, Orchestra of Our Time (US), Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra (Czech Republic), Piccolo Orchestra (Italy), Internationale Ensemble Modern Akademie (Germany), Quartet Diotima (France), Orkest de ereprijs, Utrechts Blazers Ensemble (Netherlands), Sofia Soloists (Bulgaria), Juice Vocal Ensemble (UK), Song Company (Australia), Hong Kong Sinfonietta and Hong Kong New Music Ensemble.
Lo was one of the 16 composers from around the world attending the prestigious Young Composers Meeting in the Netherlands in February 2016. In March of the same year, a site-specific work Planet T: Another Time, Another Space for amplified string quartet, field recordings and interactive speakers was performed by the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble at the Cattle Depot Artists Village. His orchestral work Efflorescence – Quasi-Concerto for Orchestra was premiered by the Hong Kong Sinfonietta in their 2016-17 season opening concert. He also wrote a new work Encounter for the Szymanowski Quartet’s 20th anniversary celebratory world tour 2016. Lo was involved as a composer in Hong Kong Odyssey, a major production commissioned by the Hong Kong Arts Festival 2017. His new choral work Mary’s Chalk Circle for narration, unaccompanied choir and video was presented by the Hong Kong Voices in June 2017.
Recent years also saw the premieres of Home City Dream City for orchestra and field recordings, commissioned by the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, in November 2014; Music for a Starry Night (Hommage à Béla Bartók) for strings, percussion and piano, presented in Hong Kong at the Modern Academy in June 2015; and violin concerto YouHuang (II), composed as part of Lo’s residency at the Ostrava Days Contemporary Music Festival (Czech Republic) in August 2017.