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Giorgio BiancorossoGiorgio BIANCOROSSO (Associate Professor) is the author, most recently, of Situated Listening: The Sound of Absorption in Classical Cinema (Oxford University Press, 2016). His work on the history and theory of listening practices reflects a long-standing interest in musical aesthetics, film music, and the history of global cinema. Biancorosso studied music history and film studies at the University of Rome and King's College, London, before moving to Princeton University, where he obtained a Ph.D. in musicology in 2002. Having taught at Northwestern University in 2000-2001, he was a Mellon Fellow in Music at the Society of Fellows at Columbia University in 2001-2003 and a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Music Department at Columbia in 2003-2004. Aside from film music, film criticism, and musical aesthetics, his interests include musical dramaturgy and the psychology of music. Biancorosso is also active in Hong Kong as a programmer and curator. He is the Chairman of the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble and a member of the Programme Committee of the Hong Kong Arts Festival. In recognition of his work, HKU awarded him the Outstanding Young Researcher Award in 2009.

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Chan Hing-yanCHAN Hing-yan (Professor) received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, majoring in composition and minoring in ethnomusicology. His compositions, lauded for their subtle mediation between Chinese elements and Western idioms, have been heard around the world at festivals such as the Second Spring of the Chinese Symphony, Beijing (2010), Edinburgh Festival (2009), Chinese Musicians Residency, Cornell (2009), Hommage a Bartók, Budapest (2006), International Gaudeamus Music Week, Amsterdam (2003), Melbourne Festival (2002), and Singapore Arts Festival (2002 & 2006). Recent works include Heart of Coral – a chamber opera in three acts, commissioned by the 41st Hong Kong Arts Festival (2013) and 'Twas the Thawing Wind – for sheng and orchestra, commissioned by the Hong Kong Sinfonietta for its North American tour (2012). For these two distinguished compositions, Chan was conferred the Best Artist Award (Music) at the "Hong Kong Arts Development Award 2013" by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council. In addition, Chan’s three collaborations with the City Contemporary Dance Company (The Conqueror, 2005; Warrior Lanling, 2007; Dao Extraordinaire, 2009) have won him much acclaim as well as a Hong Kong Dance Award in 2008, when he also received commendation for "Persons with Outstanding Contributions to the Development of Arts and Culture" in the Secretary for Home Affairs’ Commendation Scheme of that year.

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Joshua ChanJoshua CHAN (Associate Professor), Ph.D. (HKU), has written more than 150 compositions and arrangements, in diversified styles, for various media including orchestral, electronic, chamber, vocal, theatre, ballet, and pop recording. International events in which Chan's work were featured include: UNESCO International Rostrum of Composers (1988, 1993, 2002, 2005); ISCM World Music Days (1995 & 2002); International Computer Music Conference (1993); Asian Composers' League Conference New Zealand Symphony Orchestra Concert (1992); Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra Concert (1998); ballet performances by the London Studio Centre in seven cities in UK (2002); the First Chinese Composers Festival (1986); Hong Kong Arts Festival (1984, 1994, 1998-2001); New Zealand International Arts Festival (2004); Singapore Chinese Orchestra Session Concert (2001); the Fifth Asia-Pacific Harmonica Festival (2004); Musicarama Festivals (1992-2006); the Fifth Osaka International Chamber Music Festa (2005), etc. Chan's works have been published on 10 compact discs of 7 different labels. Chan also serves the community as a Council Member of the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, the Chairman of the Hong Kong Composers' Guild, the Chairman of the Asian Composers League, a Member of the Programme and Development Committee for the Leisure and Cultural Services Department's cultural programmes, and the Chairman of the CDC-HKEAA Committee on Music Curriculum (Senior Secondary of the new 3+3+4 academic system). Chan was commended by the HKSAR Government in the Secretary for Home Affairs' Commendation Scheme 2007 for the Persons with Outstanding Contributions to the Development of Arts and Culture.

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Daniel ChuaDaniel KL CHUA (Professor and Chairperson) earned his PhD in musicology from Cambridge University and is currently professor of music at the University of Hong Kong. Before joining HKU, he was the Director of Studies at St John’s College, Cambridge, and later Professor of Music Theory and Analysis at King’s College London. He was a Visiting Senior Research fellow at Yale (2014-15), a Henry Fellow at Harvard (1992-3), and a Research Fellow at Cambridge (1993-7). He is the recipient of the 2004 Royal Musical Association’s Dent Medal. He is on the editorial board of major musicological journals. He is a Director-at-Large of the International Musicological Society and will be the Society's next President (2017-2022). He has written widely on music, from Monteverdi to Stravinsky, but is particularly known for his work on (i) Beethoven, (ii) the intersection between music and philosophy, and (iii) the history of ‘absolute music’. His publications include The ‘Galitzin’ Quartets of Beethoven (Princeton, 1994), Absolute Music and the Construction of Meaning (Cambridge, 1999), ‘Rioting With Stravinsky: A Particular Analysis of the Rite of Spring’ (2007), ‘Beethoven’s Other Humanism’ (2009), and ‘Listening to the Self: The Shawshank Redemption and the Technology of Music’ (2011); his latest monograph, Beethoven and Freedom, will be published by Oxford University Press in 2017.

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Youn KimYoun KIM (Associate Professor) obtained her Ph.D. from Columbia University and taught at Seoul National University prior to joining HKU in 2007. Her research interests include history of music theory, psychology of music, theory and analysis, history of listening, and in particular, the interrelationship between music theory and the science of the mind. Kim’s publications include a monograph, History of Western Music Theory (2006, awarded as "Outstanding Books in the Field of Basic Sciences" in 2008 by The National Academy of Sciences, Republic of Korea), and a number of articles and reviews in Psychology of Music, Journal of Musicological Research, Music and Letters, and Current Musicology, amongst others. She has presented papers at various international conferences, including International Musicological Society, International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition, Annual Meeting of the Society for Music Theory, Royal Musical Association, and Congress of the Gesellschaft für Musiktheorie. Most recently, she is coediting (with Sander Gilman) and contributing to the Oxford Handbook on Music and the Body (OUP, forthcoming). She is also working on a monograph tentatively entitled Constructing Musical Minds: The Emergence of Music Psychology in Fin-de-Siècle Germany, supported by the University Grants Committee of Hong Kong under the General Research Fund.

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Youn KimJosé Vicente NEGLIA (Assistant Professor) is an ethnomusicologist who specialises in popular music studies. He holds a Master of Arts degree from the University of Toronto, and a Ph.D. from The University of California, Berkeley, where he completed a dissertation on underground rock culture in Tokyo. His research interests include sound studies, cultural memory, and issues of cultural production in contemporary underground popular musics. Dr. Neglia was a recipient of the Japanese Government Monbukagakusho Scholarship from 2011 to 2013, and he has presented at meetings of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music, the International Council for Traditional Music, as well as chapter meetings of the Society of Ethnomusicology. He is currently working on an ethnographic monograph on a genre of popular music called garage rock, which will explore aspects of cultural memory, retro-nostalgia, and revivalism in underground rock in Japan.

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Deborah WaughDeborah WAUGH (Teaching Associate) has performing diplomas from the Victorian College of the Arts, Master of Music from the University of Toronto, and a Ph.D. from The University of Hong Kong. She worked for many years as a casual percussionist with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and performed ballet, opera, theatre, chamber, and contemporary music with other leading Australian ensembles. She was a member of Aradia Ensemble in Toronto and performed with the Canadian world music ensemble, Musaïc, at Expo '98 in Lisbon. In addition to performing, she has taught music at a variety of educational institutions in Australia, Canada, and Hong Kong.

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Yang YuanzhengYANG Yuanzheng (Assistant Professor) completed his master's and doctoral degrees in musicology at The University of Hong Kong, where he produced two highly-acclaimed theses, "Early Qin Music: Manuscript Tokyo, Tokyo Kokuritsu Hakubutsukan TB1393 and Manuscript Hikone, Hikone-jo, Hakubutsukan V633" (2005), and "Japonifying the Qin: The Appropriation of Chinese Qin Music in Tokugawa Japan" (2008). In recognition of his work, Yang was awarded a Li Ka Shing Prize (2003-2005) from The University of Hong Kong and a Ford Foundation Fellowship from the Asian Cultural Council in New York City (2006). In 2006/07, Yang was inducted into the "Tang Music Project" and held research appointments at Princeton University and Utrecht University. Yang's research extends from the seventh century to the present day, and focuses on issues of national and cultural identity in both Chinese and Japanese music. He has published in Music Research, Journal of the Musicological Society of Japan, and Palace Museum Journal, amongst others. Invited by the Smithsonian Institution, Yang is currently completing an archaeological report on a Chinese musical instrument housed at the National Museum of Asian Art in Washington D.C. Yang is the English editor of Chinese Annals of Music. In addition to his musical endeavours, Yang also holds a degree in mechanics and engineering from Peking University.

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