Hang Su was born in 1983. He is a composer and interpreter of contemporary music.
From 2009 to 2012 he studied at the Conservatory of Music and Theater in Leipzig, Germany and got his diploma in Music Composition. From 2012 to 2016, he graduated the masterclass composition with summa cum laude. From 2010 to 2015 he was granted a scholarship from the Heinrich-Böll Foundation in Germany.
He is a founding member of forma Leipzig, a Leipzig based art association of contemporary music and literature. His works were performed in Germany, UK and Austria by Ensemble Handwerk, Trio Sostenuto, Ensemble forma Leipzig, Ensemble MAM, Ensemble Mocrep, Ensemble SNIM etc.
In the course of his studies and various international festivals and similar occasions he attended personal lessons by Claus-Steffen Mahnkopf, Pierluigi Billone, Steven Takasugi, Brian Ferneyhough, Mark Andre, Hans Tuschku, Hector Parra, Francesco Felidei, Klaus Lang, Nomi Epstein and Milica Djordjevic
Hang Su was a working fellow of the Culture Foundation of the Free State of Saxony 2017 and has a residency as a composer in Wiepersdorf Germany in 2018. Recently he also received the scholarship for the artist residency in Ahrenshoop Germany for 2019.
Hang Su’s early works were based on phonetical and analytics on especially Chinese language. He was interested in the physical reaction of interpretation such as the experiments with extended vocal techniques. Since 2015 he began to experiment with contemporary technics on the traditional Chinese instrument Qin, a seven-string-zither. In 2016, his works have been related to improvisation processes, which are affected by the spatial score with moving position (Axonometrie I). In the study of gesture and time (2017), he was trying to create a strategy, which translates the visual image into the gesture and music expressions in a performance.
Besides his composing work, Hang Su has also started widening his aesthetical terrain into visual experiences. On his Instagram account, he has been collecting almost 1000 pictures and videos on the way.
Lastly, he presented a performance together with the dance ensemble Urban Collective at the museum of fine arts Leipzig (Museum der bildenden Künste) in referece to the ongoing exhibition of Chinese photographer Ren Hang (1987-2017).
List of Works
(for more work details please visit Score Samples)
Berlin Body Memories (30') - Concert for Trumpet, Qin, Contrabass and Percussions
Premier: Berlin, November 2018
The Nude Frame - Für Ren Hang (15') - Qin Solo + Vocal Performance
Premier: Musiktheatertage, VIenna, June 2018
The Writing of physical heaven (30’) - Project with dance ensemble urban collective for photo exhibation REN HANG
Premier: museums of fine arts, Leipzig, november 2017
Studie der gesten und Zeit (25’) - 6 Miniatur von Videopartituren für 6 Spieler
Premier: Ensemlbe SNIM, VIenna, October 2017
»Second Appearances of Incessancy« (13’) For Qin with live electronic and vocals with Performance
Performance by Ensemble Mocrep
Premier: Darmstadt summer course july 2017
»Axonometrie I« (25’) Improvisation system with spatial notation for percussion und live electronic
Premier: by Hang Su, Johannes Cotta, Torsten Pfeffer, academy of visual arts, leipzig, june 2017
»First Appearances of Incessancy« (15’) for flute, clarinet und doors
Premier: Hochschule für musik und theater Leipzig, Jan 2016
»la maison« (10’) For organ and 2 Vocals
Premier: Hochschule für musik und theater Leipzig, may 2014
»le terrain du mirage« (17’) For prepared Piano, clarinet, Violoncello und Soloperformance
Premier: Hochschule für musik und theater Leipzig, jan 2014
»Shi Du« (15’) for pno, flute, clarinet, vocal and 2 assistents
performance by Ensemble Handwerk
premier: Hochschule für musik und theater Leipzig, jan 2014
»Non-finito« (6’) for vocal, alto flute and orchester
»6 calendar weeks no clinic, no therapy, no anything else« (13’) For 8 Vokalisten und Doppelchor
»Julischnee« (21’) For double-bell-Trumpet, bass clarinet und trombone
performance by Ensemble MAM
Premier: St. Pauli Hall at Huddersfield, UK dec 2011
»Trypophobia« (12’) For 8 vocals
premier: Hochschule für musik und theater Leipzig, jan 2011
»5 Songs for C.G. « (35') for Piano and Vocal
first part premier: Hochschule für musik und theater Leipzig, may 2010
»Calligraphy« (1’) Miniatur for big ensemble
premiered by Ensemble forma leipzig at detusche literatur institut leipzig, Oct 2010
»Virtuelle Realität« (8’) for Percussion, String and 2 vocals
premiered by Ensemble forma leipzig, gelerie vorortost june 2010
»Artificial Propagation« (12’) for String Quartett