About

born in 1985 in Wu-Chang, province of Hei-Long-Jiang, northeastern China, started to play the piano at a very young age and wrote her first compositions at the age of nine. She took piano and composition lessons in Wu-Chang by Weiping Xie, who trained her to enter the middle school of the national university for music in Beijing at age of fourteen, a college for musically highly gifted children, under professor lin zhu.

She studied composition with Guoping Jia at the Central Conservatory of Music Beijing, Caspar Johannes Walter, Marco Stroppa and Martin Schüttler as well as Piet Mayer (electronic music) and the Academie for Music and Performing Arts Stuttgart. In 2015/16 she attended the IRCAM Cursus in Paris, by Héctor Parra and Grégoire Lorieux.

She received scholerships from the Kunststiftung Baden-Württemberg, Schloss Wiepersdorf, Künstlerhaus Schöppingen in Germany; Camargo Foundation, Royaumont Foundation in France and German academia Villa Massimo-Casa Baldi in Italy, as attended academies of the SWR Vocal Ensemble and the Akademie Musiktheater Heute. In 2011 she won first prize at the International Isang Yun Competition with her orchestra piece “shining”, and with her piece “Me Du Ça”, she has won the Giga-Hertz Production Prize of ZKM and SWR Experimentalstudio in 2016.

In the search for a term encompassing all her creative output, she favours “theatrically extended composition” best, because theatre is for her a means to “communicate with the audience and enhance perception”. She likes to work with flexible situations that she can not fully control, and she expands notions of interpretation and conceptual art through visual and theatrical elements, random operations, and the use of objects and electronics. 

Links of articles:
http://brahms.ircam.fr/huihui-cheng
https://www.leducation-musicale.com/index.php/paroles-d-auteur/9918-musique-theatre-et-jeu-dans-l-oeuvre-de-la-compositrice-huihui-cheng
https://en.schott-music.com/shop/autoren/huihui-cheng
https://www.nmz.de/online/urauffuehrung-der-oper-die-nacht-der-seeigel-ueber-die-fragen-der-menschen-in-hamburg
https://www.freitag.de/autoren/michael-jaeger/am-ende-tanzen-die-musikerinnen
https://musikderzeit.de/?s=Huihui+Cheng