Kay He

Kansas City

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Kay HE began learning piano at age 5, and at age 15, she began studying composition at the affiliated middle school of Shenyang Conservatory of China. As an undergraduate with two majors, Kay He studied with Tang Jianping in composition at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, and with Zhang Xiaofu at the Conservatory’s Center for Electroacoustic Music of China (CEMC). The winner of a Snow Scholarship, Kay He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in composition at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She is studying under Dr. Zhou Long, Dr. Chen Yi, Dr. Paul Rudy and Dr. James Mobberley.

As a young composer, She has won several composition awards in the U.S. and abroad. Her orchestra piece Legends of Old Peking won the Celebrate Asia Composition of Seattle Symphony 2012. Dying Away has been chosen as the winner work in the 2011 DuoSolo Emerging Composer Competition, Destiny of the Sputnik was chosen in the Young Composers Project of Beijing Modern Music Festival 2011, an Electronic piece has been chosen as a part of 60x60 2011 International Mix New York. She has won composition prizes from the fourth MUSICACOUSTICA-Beijing with her piece for Zheng and electronic piece YIYIYI, from China's New Chamber Music Composition "Con Tempo" with her string quartet Flamboyant Colors, and the "PALATINO" Awards with her piano solo work.

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