Alice Ping Yee Ho (Hong Kong/Canada) is a freelance Chinese-Canadian composer and pianist dedicated to new music. She holds a Bachelor’s of Music from Indiana University and a Master’s of Music from University of Toronto.
She is a recipient of numerous awards such as the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra’s New Music Festival International Composers Competition, Martin Hunter Artists Award, International League of Women Composers Competition, and Luxembourg International Composition Prize. An independent film Garage, which she scored the music for, won top award at the Calgary International Film Festival in 2006.
Her performance highlights include music featured at the ISCM World Music Days held in Hong Kong and Luxembourg, Toronto Harbourfront Centre’s New World Stage International Performance, and at the Tongyeong International Music Festival, South Korea.
Her works have been performed by major orchestras and ensembles including China National Symphony, Florida Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony, Victoria Symphony, CBC Vancouver Orchestra, Esprit Orchestra, Winnipeg Symphony, Amsterdam’s Nieuw Ensemble, Penderecki String Quartet, Luxembourg Sinfonietta, Le Novel Ensemble Moderne, Sound Streams Canada, and the Toronto New Music Concerts. A CD Ming of Alice Ho’s music for percussion (published by Centrediscs Label)was launched at the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival this August.
This work is created to evoke imaginaries of mythological forces that are found in a fantasy world. The two Dark Elements, Undina (water) and Flamma (fire), are imaginary spirits of nature or the elements that exist in ancient folklore or modern science fiction. Each movement is constructed with a distinct musical subject that carries a unique sound, mood, and orchestral color. Virtuosity and energy are displayed throughout by showcasing solo instrument or instrumental groups. The rich and rapid changing music events form a kaleidoscope of audio images; just like browsing through the Japanese anime and manga, the highly animated music gives rise to a journey into an underworld of magic and fantasy.