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“A young talent with a bright future...”                                
           
                      -Former Ambassador of China to the United Kingdom, Liu Xiaoming

ABOUT

Meilina Tsui (b. 1993) is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, and educator based in Orlando, Florida. Born in Almaty, Kazakhstan and raised in Hong Kong, Meilina is a composer who “popularizes Kazakh music tradition” (Kazakhstan International News Agency, Kazinform) and creates works that uniquely combine elements of Central Asian and East Asian cultures. She is the first Chinese classical composer of Dungan ethnicity whose music has been gaining international recognition. Before coming to the USA in 2018 to pursue her Doctoral studies in music composition at the University of Michigan, Tsui studied in Hong Kong and London. She also promoted the music of living classical composers as a producer and presenter on Radio Television Hong Kong, and served as an advocate of youth artistic development at Youth Square in Hong Kong. 

Tsui's music, described by The Aspen Times as "irresistible, and emotionally convincing," has been performed and read across Asia, Europe, North America, and the Middle East by the National Symphony Orchestra of the Republic of Bashkortostan, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Kazakh State Philharmonic Orchestra, Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra, University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra, Aspen Conducting Academy Orchestra, Hong Kong New Music Ensemble, Lontano Ensemble, Radio Television Hong Kong Chamber Soloists, MR. Quartet & City Contemporary Dance Company, PHACE Ensemble, members of Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra, Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, Windpipe Chinese Music Ensemble, TURAN Ethno-folk Ensemble, Romer String Quartet, Quartetto Indaco, Israeli Chamber Project, Mivos Quartet, Kazakh State String Quartet, Converge Quartet, Ivory Duo Piano Ensemble, Nancy Loo & Mary Wu Piano Duo, Irvine Arditti, and Fleming Artist, Key'mon W. Murrah, among others; and broadcast by NAXOS Music & Video Libraries, London arts radio "Resonance fm," RTHK Radio 4, and Channel 31.

Tsui’s works have garnered many accolades and have been featured in important events. Her Nomadic Trails for chamber orchestra won the 2021 ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award from the University of Michigan and the 2022 ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Award. Her String Quartet No. 2 "Kazakh Steppe," in which Tsui imitates the sounds of Kazakh ethnic instruments, has received numerous awards and sparked a special interest among string players and listeners around the world, receiving performances in Italy, Hong Kong, Kazakhstan, Tel Aviv, New York City, Los Angeles, Ann Arbor, Chautauqua, and Del Mar. In 2018, Tsui was the main featured composer at the “Beyond Boundaries, Beyond Time: Hong Kong-Kazakhstan” concert in Almaty, that marked the Secretary for Hong Kong Home Affairs Bureau’s first official visit to Kazakhstan, and for which she wrote a piece that, for the first time in history, combined Chinese, Kazakh, and Western instruments. In celebration of the HKSAR’s 20th anniversary in 2017, Tsui was the youngest and only female composer featured at the London “Hong Kong Music Series,” where her 12-minute work Six Miniature Pieces of Yin and Yang for two pianos was performed to a high acclaim.

As a supporter of cultural and racial diversity and inclusion, Tsui wrote a piece called Ay-Ay, Bopem (a Kazakh Lullaby Without Words), commissioned by members of the Lexington Philharmonic and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestras for the ArtsWave Isolation Commissions, centered on themes of racial injustice and cultural healing. In 2022, Tsui was commissioned by the Houston Grand Opera and Asia Society Texas Center to write a family-friendly chamber opera, titled The Big Swim, which will be performed for 12 consecutive years during the Lunar New Year festivities in the US, starting from 2024. Her other notable commissions include works for Aspen Music School & Festival, Hong Kong Government Home Affairs Bureau, Hong Kong Arts Development Council, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Radio Television Hong Kong, Musicus Society, Hong Kong Composers Guild and The Chinese University of Hong Kong Art Museum.

Tsui has been a Composer Fellow at the Intimacy of Creativity in Hong Kong, Aspen Music Festival & School, Chautauqua Opera Company, Del Mar International Composers Symposium, and Gabriela Lena Frank Creative Academy of Music.

Tsui holds music degrees from University of Michigan (DMA in Composition), King’s College London (MMus in Composition), and Chinese University of Hong Kong (BA in Music). At University of Michigan, she studied with Professors Bright Sheng and Michael Daugherty, and worked as a Graduate Student Instructor of Composition, Music Theory, and Aural Skills.

High-resolution photo_Meilina Tsui (DMA
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