Beijing-born Julian Yu (born 1957) settled in Australia in 1985. His many awards include the Koussevitzky Tanglewood Composition Prize (1988), Vienna Modern Masters Composition Award (1992) and Paul Lowin Orchestral Prize (1991 and 1994). His music has been performed all around the world including at the BBC Proms, Munich Biennale and Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. In 2007 the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, with the support of TSO Patron Dr Peter Stanton, commissioned Yu’s Oriental Rain, which was premièred in Hobart on 27 July. In 2012 the TSO performed Yu’s orchestration of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition at the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) as part of Synaesthesia: Music of Colour and Mind.

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