Intimacy of Creativity

Intimacy of Creativity — The Bright Sheng Partnership: Composers Meet Performers in Hong Kong 2020

Hailed by the Financial Times as a festival with a “finely hewn sense of craft,” Intimacy of Creativity – The Bright Sheng Partnership: Composers Meet Performers in Hong Kong (IC) returns for another innovative season, from April 20 to May 3, 2020, presented in partnership with the renowned Curtis Institute of Music.

Intimacy of Creativity explores the creative process through public, in-depth Open Discussions on the campus of The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), which presents the festival. The revised compositions are formally presented in Preview Concerts at HKUST, and World Premiere Concerts are held in renowned venues in downtown Hong Kong.

The 2020 season continues the two-year partnership between HKUST and the Curtis Institute of Music. IC Founder and Artistic Director Bright Sheng (HKUST Jockey Club Institute for Advanced Study Helmut and Anna Pao Sohmen Professor-at-Large) is joined by:

  • Distinguished Guest Artist Roberto Díaz (President and CEO of the Curtis Institute of Music and Grammy-winning violist);
  • Distinguished Guest Composer David Ludwig (Curtis Chair of Composition Studies, Director of the Curtis 20/21 Ensemble);
  • Ensemble-in-Residence, Curtis 20/21 Ensemble, including: Vera Quartet Quartet-in-Residence at the Curtis Institute of Music);
  • Additional guest artists from Hong Kong.

Eligibility and Guidelines

  1. Up to six (6) Composer Fellows will be selected to participate in season events.
  2. Applicants MUST be between the ages of 20 and 35 at the time of the festival.
  3. Selected Composer Fellows MUST be willing to work with Bright Sheng and Guest Artists to make necessary revisions to their score and parts BEFORE events begin.
  4. Selected Composer Fellows MUST also be comfortable working with Bright Sheng and Guest Artists DURING PUBLIC, OPEN DISCUSSIONS to make additional necessary revisions to score and parts before the final public concert presentations.
  5. World Premiere Concerts featuring the works of selected Composer Fellows will be broadcast on Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) Radio 4, the media partner of the Intimacy of Creativity and HKUST.
  6. Performance recordings of featured works of selected Composer Fellows may be released on the Naxos Digital Services and related third party digital service providers, including Spotify and Apple Music.
  7. One participating Composer Fellow will be selected via World Premiere Concert Audience Vote to have their featured work presented at the Curtis Institute of Music during the 2020/21 season.

HKUST Composer-in-Residence/Visiting Scholar
One Composer Fellow may be offered a one-year position at HKUST as Composer-in-Residence/Visiting Scholar in the Division of Humanities for the 2020-2021 academic year.

For detailed guidelines and application submission procedures, please visit

Deadline for Submissions: Friday, November 1, 2019 11:59PM Hong Kong Time

IC2020 is co-presented by the HKUST School of Humanities and Social Scienceand HKUST Hong Jockey Club Institute for Advanced Study together with institutional partner Curtis Institute of Music. The season is presented with support from Helmut and Anna Pao Sohmen, in collaboration with Curtis on Tour, the Nina von Maltzahn Global Touring Initiative of the Curtis Institute of Music, and media partners, Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK), and Naxos Music Group. Generous support for the Curtis 20/21 Ensemble is provided by the Daniel W. Dietrich II Foundation.

1 Nov 2019