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Kwan Leung LING is a composer and performer born and raised in Hong Kong. His instrument is suona, a traditional Chinese double reed instrument. His musical style is influenced by his national identity and upbringing. Hong Kong is a city bursting with international life and color. His music concerns itself with finding varying fusions between multicultural music styles and searching for the connection between sounds.


Creating music based on the sounds from nature is a fundamental aspect of traditional Chinese music. Ling has been practicing suona since he was ten years old, the DNA of traditional Chinese music has been carved into his genes. Orchestrating the soundscape in his daily life is an integral part of his compositional process. Ling gathers found objects with no apparent relation to each other into collections and improvises and records their unique sound qualities. Those recordings become the key to expanding my sonic imagination.


Collaboration is one of the most important portions of his artistic journey. Ling has collaborated with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, SPLICE Ensemble, Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, Trio Mythos, Duo Entre-Nous and UMKC Graduate Fellowship String Quartet. Moreover, Ling has been collaborating with artists from outside the field of music. These collaborations include documentary film with Filipino/Singaporian filmmaker – Brian Yulo Ng, the collaboration – 24 has been nominated and screened in 17 film festivals. 


Ling is extremely passionate about receiving new ideas and inspiration through different artists. He had participated in the Highscore festival where he attended master classes held by Helmut Lachenmann, Christopher Theofanidis, Toivo Tulev, Dmitri Tymoczko, Amy Beth Kirsten, and Sarah Kirkland Snider. 


Ling holds a BFA in composition from California Institute of the Arts and a MM in composition from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Ling is currently completing his DMA in Composition at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory. Here he is exploring new sound by putting in different mediums into his own music, furnished by Chen Yi, Yotam Haber, Paul Rudy and Zhou Long. Ling has also participated in master classes held by Chaya Czernowin, 

Du Yun, Michael Daugherty and Amy Williams, while attending the University of Missouri-Kansas City. The experiences of collaborating with a number of artists from different fields have become his secret weapon and has strengthened his understanding of the synergetic capabilities of music. 

Curriculum Vita – Kwan Leung LING

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