Photo: Malcolm Crowthers
Welcome to the site of Raymond Yiu, composer, jazz pianist, conductor and music writer.
Latest: The London premiere of The World Was Once All Miracle will be given by Roderick Williams, BBC Symphony and Sir Andrew Davis on 13th April 2018 at the Barbican Hall as part of BBCSO 2017-18 Season.
Latest: The World Was Once All Miracle, commissioned by the International Anthony Burgess Foundation to commemorate the birth of the writer, will be given its world premiere by Roderick Williams and BBC Philharmonic on 4th July 2017. Details will follow when the official announcement is made in March.
Latest: The London Citizen Exceedingly Injured will received its Asian premieres by the Hong Kong Philharmonic under the baton of Lawrence Foster on 7th and 8th April 2017 as part of the orchestra 2016-17 season.
Latest: Butorflēoge, a concerto for flute and string orchestra, will be given its world premiere by Ben Pateman and Tallis Chamber Orchestra at St Peter's Church, Westleton, on 19th March 2017.
Latest: And Nights Bright Days, a solo work for dizi, commissioned by London Symphony Orchestra, will be premiered by the orchestra’s flutist Gareth Davies at the Reignwood Theatre, Beijing, on 24th February 2017. In the same concert, Jieshi for qin and string quartet will also be performed.
Mainly self-taught, Raymond's music has captured the imagination of performers and audience with its intricacy, quirkiness, sense of exploration and unpredictability.
Raymond's career began when his music was shortlisted by the Society for the Promotion of New Music (SPNM) in three consecutive years (2000-2002) and with the world première of his Distance of the Moon, selected and conducted by Lukas Foss in 2001.
Following his first radio broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in 2002 and the nomination for the British Composers Awards 2004 with his choral piece Beyond the Glass, Raymond went on to receive prestigious commissions including those from Celebrating English Song (Faerie Tales and Dead Letters), Aldeburgh Productions (The Original Chinese Conjuror, for the 2006 Aldeburgh Festival/Almeida Opera Season) and the London Symphony Orchestra (Maomao Yü, for Lang Lang and the Silk String Quartet, as part of the pianist's residency with the LSO in April 2009, during which he also made his conducting debut).
Northwest Wind, written for and premiered by Lontano in March 2010, won the chamber category of the British Composers Awards 2010. In addition, he was nominated for the award in 2004 (choral), 2012 (chamber) and 2013 (orchestral).
His 'hugely impressive' (Andrew Clements, The Guardian) Symphony, commissioned by BBC Radio 3 for the counter-tenor Andrew Watts and the BBC Symphony Orchestra, was given its world premiere on 25th August 2015, under the baton of Edward Gardner as part of the BBC Proms 2015.
Raymond constantly finds inspirations in all sorts of music and arts. As a result, he always seeks to champion music by composers that have been unjustly under-rated, such as Lukas Foss and Elizabeth Maconchy. He also remains active as a jazz pianist.
Raymond Yiu talks to Kate Silverton about the fear of failure on BBC Radio 4 One to One, first broadcast on 9th October 2012.Follow @raymondyiu