Litang SHAO, born in Guangzhou, and lived in Hong Kong for many years, is currently living in the UK and is a lecturer of Composition and Music theory at the Cardiff University School of Music, previously taught at The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, and Xinghai Conservatory of Music in Guangzhou.
Deeply influenced by traditional Chinese culture, a predominant feature of SHAO’s music is inspired by the beauty of Chinese arts and culture and the exploration of the possibilities of the Chinese instruments in her pieces. Her music has been described as ‘ evocative’ by audiences.
She earned her PhD in Music Composition with a full studentship from The University of Hong Kong under the supervision of Dr. Joshua Chan and obtained her master’s degree in music composition at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts with the Lions Joseph Koo Music Foundation Compositional Scholarship as well as a bachelor’s degree at the Xinghai Conservatory of Music in Guangzhou with National Outstanding Scholarship and title of outstanding graduates. She also received the Postgraduate Diploma in Education from The Chinese University of Hong Kong and has been awarded the Academic Performance Award.
SHAO was one of the selected young composers in the “Young China -Ten Talented Composers” Chamber Music Festival in Germany, the third prize recipient of the 7th Con Tempo New Chamber Music Composition Competition presented by the Central Conservatory of Music, the Special Prize Award in the Liu Tianhua composition competition held by Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Best Instrumental Music Award in the LingNan Music Annual Best Composition Competition 2015, finalist in the New Generation Composition Competition in Hong Kong. Her music ‘Abstruse Ancient Sound’ for two violins has been published in the compact disc series New Music from the Ancient Empire in Germany.
SHAO’s works have been performed and featured in several music festivals and commissions , of which examples include Beijing Modern Music Festival, “Young China -Ten Talented Composers” Chamber Music Festival in Germany, Musicarama Hong Kong, “Music from the Heart” held by the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, Chinese Composers’ Festival, and the Intangible Cultural Heritage concert at Guizhou Province, to name a few. She has also collaborated with various international ensembles, such as the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts Orchestra, Windpipe Chinese Music Ensemble, National Chinese Orchestra Taiwan, Guangdong National Orchestra, Yuanyang Chinese Music Ensemble of Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, Szymanowski Quartet in Warsaw, Sonar Quartet in Germany and many more.
SHAO has also served as the chief secretary of Hong Kong Association for Music Educators, and a member of the Hong Kong Composers Guild (HKCG) as well as the Composers and Authors Society of Hong Kong (CASH). Also, previously was the music committee member of the Hong Kong School Music-Speech Association.
邵氏曾獲選為德國“Yong China”中國10位青年作曲家室樂音樂節其中一位年輕作曲家；憑中樂五重奏作品《論書四則》曾榮獲由中央音樂學院舉辦之“第七屆中國Con tempo 新室內樂作曲比賽”三等獎，作品其後亦獲選由香港中樂團主辦的“心樂集”作品徵集音樂會。除此，中樂作品曾獲年上海音樂學院主辦的劉天華中樂室內樂作品比賽優秀作品獎；廣東省音樂家協會主辦的嶺南音樂年度最佳作品獎；香港作曲家聯會主辦的“音樂新一代”作品比賽入圍作品等。作品《玄古》亦灌錄成唱片並在德國發行。