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Joyce Wai-chung Tang’s works have been described by Ablaze Records as “incisive and brilliant … a fresh compositional voice,” and have been premiered and performed worldwide. Her works span orchestral, chamber, solo, vocal, choral, electro-acoustic, and theatrical genres, many of which have been jury-selected and featured in major festivals and conferences such as the Hong Kong Arts Festivals, International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM) festivals, Canberra International Music Festival, Asian Composers’ League Conferences and Festivals, International Rostrum of Composers, Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC), Deutschlandfunk Forum Neuer Musik, Ibiza International Music Festival, Shanghai Spring International Music Festival, Yogyakarta Contemporary Music Festival, International Computer Music Conferences (ICMC), Journées d'Informatique Musicale (JIM), Le French May festivals, and Manhattan-Hong Kong Music Festival.
She has attracted numerous commissions from musicians and performing groups, including Hong Kong Arts Festival, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Hong Kong New Music Ensemble, Trio Morisot, Western District Music Ensemble, Hong Kong Plucked String Chinese Orchestra, Korean Traditional Performing Arts Foundation, The University of Hong Kong, HKU Gamelan, Contemporary Musiking, City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong, Collegium Musicum Hong Kong, AFTEC, pianist Mary Wu, sheng performer Loo Sze Wang, and percussionist Thierry Miroglio.
Her orchestral work Clear Light (2015), premiered by the Hong Kong Sinfonietta at the Hong Kong Arts Festival in March 2015, received its European premieres on tour by the Hong Kong Sinfonietta in Geneva, Zürich and Fribourg in October 2015. Her string quartet Lineae (2014) for dancers won the Arizona Pro Arte Ensemble 2015 Call For Scores award. Her recent commissioned works include Blaze (2019) for the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Moon Shadow (2019) for pipa and piano, Silver Lining (2019) for symphonic wind orchestra, Sounds of Disappearance (2018) for horn/didjeridoo, percussion and toy piano, Kinetic Metallics (2018) for prepared vibraphone, percussion concerto Illuminance II (2012/17) for Thierry Miroglio, (Im)pulses (2017) for dancer and percussion quartet, Remembrance of the Stonewall Trees (2017) for sheng featured at the Canberra International Music Festival in May 2017, in time of daffodils (2016) for choirs and orchestra, The Bacewicz Obsession (2016) for Szymanowski Quartet, a solo concert featuring a series of nine chamber pieces with soundscapes City Impressions (2016) collaborating with photographer David Clarke and Western District Music Ensemble and Snowy Landscape (2015) for Trio Morisot.
Tang’s works were published on several CDs, including the "Fleeting Realms" on Navona Records, "Orchestral Masters Series Vol. 1" and "Millennial Masters Series Vol. 2" on Ablaze Records, and "ICMC CD" on October Music.
Joyce Tang was awarded an Asian Cultural Council fellowship in 2017. She also received a PhD in musicology at The University of Hong Kong. She is currently teaching at The University of Hong Kong and The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.