Byron Au Yong
County: King County
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.