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About the Artist

Composer Byron Au Yong collaborates across disciplines to create musical events that redefine classical music. Examples include Mo Sheng 墨声 Ink Sound performed by The Passenger String Quartet (Frye Art Museum) and Piano Concerto–Houston, which featured 11 local pianists and a social sculpture by Susie J. Lee (University of Houston, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts).

Site-responsive works include Kidnapping Water: Bottled Operas for hiking singers and percussionists (4Culture Site Specific/Jack Straw New Media Gallery), Occupy Orchestra 無量園 Infinity Garden performed in the Garfield Park Conservatory (Chicago Composers Orchestra), and TURBINE for the 200th anniversary of the Fairmount Water Works (Leah Stein Dance Company/Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia).

Au Yong has been artist-in-residence with the American Conservatory Theatre, Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, Center for Migration and the Global City at Rutgers University, International Festival of Arts & Ideas, Westminster Choir College, Weston Playhouse, Sundance Institute, Virginia Tech Center for the Arts, and Yale Institute for Music Theatre. Honors include a Creative Capital Award and Time Warner Foundation Fellowship. He graduated from the University of Washington in 1996, and holds additional degrees from UCLA and NYU.

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From the Artist

Artist Trust ignites creative sparks.

10 years ago, I received an Artist Trust GAP. The $1,400 grant helped fund a fledgling workshop of Stuck Elevator. This work – prompted by the real life experience of a Chinese food deliveryman trapped in a Bronx elevator for 81 hours – developed into a full-length music theatre hybrid, with libretto by Aaron Jafferis. In 2013, Stuck Elevator premiered with 28 performances at American Conservatory Theatre. The production won two Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle awards and toured to the International Festival of Arts & Ideas for 12 more performances at Long Wharf Theatre. Audiences were moved by this show about an undocumented immigrant in 21st century America.

Receiving an Artist Trust Fellowship at this point in my career provides a much-appreciated acknowledgement of my work. This ensures that my nascent ideas develop into meaningful musical events. Thank you for this investment, which in the long run benefits multiple communities.

Byron Au Yong