Alice Ping Yee Ho 何冰頤
Considered “among the most important composers writing in this country” (D. Ariaratnam, The Record), Alice Ho is a Hong Kong-born Canadian composer acclaimed for her “distinctly individual” style and “organic flow of imagination.”
She has written in many musical genres and received numerous national and international awards, including the 2016 Louis Applebaum Composers Award, 2014 Prince Edward Island Symphony Composers Competition, 2014 Kitchener Waterloo Symphony Friendship Orchestral Composition Competition, 2013 Dora Mavor Moore Award “Outstanding Original Opera” for her opera Lesson of Da Ji, 2013 Boston Metro Opera International Composition Competition, K.M. Hunter Artist Award, du Maurier Arts Ltd. Canadian Composers Competition, MACRO International Composition Competition, Luxembourg Sinfonietta International Composition Prize, and International League of Women Composers Competition. Her work “Glistening Pianos” for two pianos (Centrediscs label) was nominated for the 2015 JUNO Award Classical Composition of the Year. New recording of her music including an opera CD “Lesson of Da Ji” (Centrediscs/Naxos label) and “The Mysterious Boot” (Centrediscs/Naxos label) featuring her music for flute, cello, and piano (to be released in March, 2018). Her new opera “The Monkiest King” (commissioned by the Canadian Children’s Opera Company to celebrate their 50th Anniversary) will receive world premiere May 25 to 27, 2018 at the Lyric Theatre, Toronto Center for the Arts. Her work “Coeur à Coeur” written for violin and piano (for Duo Concertante on Marquis Classic) is currently nominated for 2018 JUNO Classical Composition of the Year.
Often featured at national and international new music festivals such as ISCM World Music Days, Ottawa Chamberfest, Denmark’s CRUSH New Music Festival, Asian Music Week in Japan, etc.; her works have also been performed by many major ensembles including China National Symphony, Polish Radio Choir, Finnish Lapland Chamber Orchestra, Esprit Orchestra, the Toronto, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Victoria, Kitchen Waterloo, and Windsor Symphonies, Amsterdam’s Neuw Ensemble, Italy’s Trivella Piano Duo, Penderecki String Quartet, Toronto’s New Music Concerts, Continuum New Music, Torq, and Soundstreams. Her discography includes releases on the Centrediscs, Naxos, Marquis Classics, Blue Griffin, Electra and Phoenix labels.
She is a noted classical pianist and an active advocate of contemporary music. She had performed in many new music festivals, including a solo piano recital recorded by CBC Radio 2 in which she premiered Tan Dun’s solo piano work “Traces II.” She now makes her home in Toronto.
Alice Ho’s website: www.alicepingyeeho.com
“Buddha‘s Song” (2013, 2018) – Alice Ping Yee Ho (Toronto), North American premiere 7’00”
for dizi, sheng, erhu, pipa, zheng, cello, percussion
《樂佛普》－ 何冰頤，笛子、笙、二胡、琵琶、箏、大提琴、打擊 ，北美首演
This composition is inspired by a childhood memory: growing up in my grand parents’ house in Hong Kong, my grandmother had a daily routine chanting to a statue of a Laughing Buddha (笑佛). What I recall the figurine is a fat man with a big smile, dressed in a robe and surrounded by many adoring children. Since he represents contentment and abundance, the Laughing Buddha statue becomes a common sacred household item worshipped by many families in China regardless of their religions and differences.
Using a mixed ensemble of Chinese instruments (dizi, sheng, 2 erhu, pipa, guzheng) with percussion and Western cello, this work is written in loving memory of my grandparents to celebrate human spirit by tracing the character of a “good Buddha”: poor but generous, entertaining and loving.
“Tempered Moon” – Alice Ping Yee Ho (Toronto) 7’20”
for erhu, zheng, pipa
Tempered Moon depicts a poetic imaginary: under the quavering moonlight, many shadows become alive and take shapes as beautiful, seductive beings. The feeling of Moon-struck is expressed through the evocative and lyrical nature of the three Chinese instruments: Erhu, Pipa, and Guzheng. It is a musical journey of discovering love and euphoria.