Yu Tao

(born in 1981, Beijing, resident in Paris) composer. She began private piano lessons with Wang Jia, Wang Ming-li and Zheng Xiu-lan in Beijing at age four and studied composition privately with Wang Ning in Beijing from 1995-99 and privately with Yao Heng-lu in Beijing from 1998-2002. She studied composition with Shi Wan-chun at the Conservatory of Music in Beijing from 1996-2000, where she also studied composition with Wang Ning from 2000-02, on a scholarship. She then studied composition with Nicolas Bolens and Éric Gaudibert and electronic music with Rainer Boesch and Émile Ellberger at the Conservatoire de Musique de Genève from 2002-05. Among her honors are Second Prize in the art song competition of the Conservatory of Music in Beijing (2000, for Rose) and the Excellence Prize in the TMSK Chinese chamber music competition in Shanghai (2003, for Poetry of the Autumn Wind). She has received commissions from Ensemble Phoenix, pipa-player Han Yinying, theorbo-player Markus Hochuli, the ensemble Ilôrkestra, and the Museum Rath in Geneva and her music has been performed in China, Germany, Japan, Poland, South Korea, Switzerland, and the USA.
Selected works: Embouchure de la maggia, dance music, choreography by Nadège Allaki, for 3 female dancers, 8-track tape, 2004; Hua da II, for any drum, 2003; Ilôrkestra, for flute, clarinet, 2 soprano saxophones, trombone, harp, cello, piano, percussion, 2004; Énigme, for cello, 2004; Quintette à vents I, for flute, oboe, clarinet, French horn, bassoon, 2004; Quintette à vents II, for flute, oboe, clarinet, French horn, bassoon, 2004; Situation, text by Su Shi, for female voice, cello, percussion, 8-track tape, 2004; Veronica, for small orchestra (4 winds, 2 percussion, 12 strings), 2003 (film score; may be performed as a concert work); Hua da III, for 8-track tape, 2003; Jiang cheng zi – Memory, for 8-track tape, 2003; Fairy-Tale Sounds, for piano 4 hands, 2001.

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