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Brian Chatpo Koo : Represented Artist

Photo of Brian Chatpo Koo


Artist website: http://www.koo.net.au/

Brian Chatpo Koo is a Sydney-based musician. He has worked as a violinist, cellist and as a conductor in several professional symphony orchestras before settling down in Sydney in 1993.

He studied music at the University of Hong Kong (Bachelor of Arts in music and Master of Philosophy in music), the University of Sydney (Doctor of Philosophy in music) He was the first person in Australia to receive a PhD degree in music composition. He also studied music at International Summer Course for New Music in Darmstadt, Germany, and obtained his Licentiate, Fellowship Diplomas from Trinity College of Music London.

He has conducted many premieres of his own works, including both his operas. Other notable performances include those by Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra (Japan), Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Taiwan National Symphony Orchestra, Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, Tasmania Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Symphonic Winds, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Zelanian Ensemble (New Zealand), Hong Kong New Music Ensemble, Ensemble Kochi (Tokyo Japan), Taiwan National Ensemble, Hamburg New Music Ensemble (Germany), Darmstadt Ensemble (Germany), Accordes Quartet (Toronto Canada) .

As a composer, he has been commissioned by a variety of organisations, including the Hong Kong Composers' Guild, the Hong Kong Arts Festival, and the Symphony Australia. His compositions have been performed and broadcasted over Asia, Europe, North America and Australia.

He won the Hong Kong Young Musicians' Award in 1985 and the Himalaya Cup Award in the First International Competition for Piano Composition in Beijing in 1995.

As an academic member, he has worked as a tutor/teaching assistant for the Music Department in the University of Hong Kong, a senior faculty member of the Australian Institute of Music, (where he established curricula for the Bachelor degree in Music Composition), and an external examiner for the University of Wollongong. He is the Founding Conductor and Music Director of the Sydney Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Dr Brian Chatpo Koo lives in Sydney with his wife, two children and their dog Snatch.

Brian Chatpo Koo — current to May 2011

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Digital sheet music sample Jasmine flowers : Chinese folk song, for string orchestra and piano (2012) Composed for Sydney Youth Symphony Orchestra