Composium 2021 
Finalists Biography


Category A

Jon Lin Chua (Singapore)

Submitted Work: Reminiscences of Yuan Xiao

Born in Singapore, Jon Lin studied composition and music theory at the Eastman School of Music, where she graduated with highest distinction as Presser Scholar (2016-17), a recipient of the Howard Hanson Scholarship, Simon Rose Scholarship, and the National Arts Council of Singapore Arts Scholarship. She is also a recipient of the Wayne Brewster Barlow Award (2017), Louis Lane Award (2016) and the Bernard Rogers Memorial Prize (2015). Her teachers in composition include composers Oliver Schneller, Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon, Robert Morris, David Liptak, and Robert Casteels, and she has also participated in composition masterclasses with Louis Karchin and Moritz Eggert.  As composer, she has worked with groups such as the MusicaNova Orchestra (MNO) based in Phoenix, Arizona, as the orchestra’s composition fellow (2015-16 season), the Southeastern Ensemble for Today’s and Tomorrow's Sounds (SETTS), the Singapore Chinese Orchestra (SCO), the Guitar Ensemble of the National University of Singapore (GENUS), and has had works performed in festivals such as the 18th Biennial Festival of New Music organized by the Florida State University College of Music (2017), the Women in Music Festival (2014 & 2017), and the National University of Singapore Arts Festival (2012).  She is also one of the selected composers in the upcoming 35th Asian Composers League Conference and Festival to be held in Taiwan in October 2018.

Leng Censong (China)

Submitted work: Mountain Song

In 1977, Leng Censong entered the attached middle school of Wuhan Conservatory of Music with the violin. In 1989, he studied composition at the Composition Department of Wuhan Conservatory of Music. He has been teaching since Graduation. His teachers includes Tong Zhongliang(1935-2007), Peng Zhimin(1955-), Liu Jian(1954-2012). Now he is the associate professor and supervisor of postgraduate of Wuhan Conservatory of Music. His wide array of Compositions includes orchestral, ballet, choral, Piano Pieces, Electronic Works, such as electronic music The Five Elements Metal, and the interactive computer music Simplicity, Jiangxue, The Jazz in Miao Nationality Style For Clarinet and piano, (Golden Bells Award) etc. He was invited several times to the Seminar of Music and Sound, the annual meeting of ICMC and the Young and middle-aged Composer Seminar (2001 and 2003) in China. His works have been performed in domestic and abroad Music Festivals such as MUSICACOUSTICA-BEIJING, EMW, ICMC2017, SMC2016, NYCEMF, etc.

Mao Zhu (China)

Submitted Work: Over the River

Mao Zhu is one of the emerging young composers from Sichuan, China. She was born in 1981 in Chengdu. Her works cover many genres, including solos, chamber, orchestral works, choral, improvisation music and experimental sound art. Mao Zhu has been working in the composition department in Sichuan Conservatory of Music since she received the master degree in composition in 2006 from Sichuan Conservatory of Music. As a visiting scholar, Mao Zhu has studied with Professor Chen Yi and Professor Zhou Long in University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance for one year from 2015. Now she is an associate professor of Music Composition at Sichuan Conservatory of Music. 

Sicong Meng (China)

Submitted Work: Legend of Merlion

Meng Si Cong was born in Shanghai. He started to learn zither and piano when he was only a little kid. Si Cong enrolled in Shanghai Conservatory of Music in the year of 2016. He is a sophomore in Bachelor degree and majors in national music composing from the national music department.  He is a student of professor XiaoGu Zhu. Si Cong is a second-year student who is the recipient of “People’s Scholarship” and is selected as a “Three Good” student. 


Category B

Li Nixia (China)

Submitted Work: The Seven Sages

Li Nixia graduated from Shanghai Conservatory of Music in 2016, obtaining a Master’s degree in Composition, under the tutelage of Prof. Wang Jianmin.


Li Nixia’s Compositions:

“Fen Mo” for Pipa – Gold medal in new Pipa solo composition, 2017 “Dunhuang Prize”

“Dianshuiliuxiang” for Guzheng – Second runner up in 2017 National Guzheng Composition Competition “Raindrop” for Bamboo Flute Quartet

“Mei Duo” for Ruan Ensemble

Bertram Wee Jia Kai (Singapore)

Submitted work: Imaginary Scenes

Bertram Wee (b.  1992)  is a Singaporean composer and  pianist  who  enjoys  writing  music  which  not  only  reflects  his  own  character,  preoccupations  and  motivations, but transcends  this  to  serve  as  a  projection  of  a  performer’s  personality  through  creating  free  and  spontaneous  musical  situations  and  environments.


His music has been performed internationally at events and festivals such as the BBC Proms, inTRANSIT Festival, Asian Composers League (ACL) Festival and Conference, WMC Kerkrade Festival and Thailand International Composers Festival (TICF).  Furthermore, he has been awarded numerous prizes for his work, among these the British Composer Awards Student Composition prize, TICF Rapee Sagarik Composition Prize and ACL Young Composers Prize.


He is a recent graduate of the Royal College of Music and was awarded the Elgar Memorial Prize for top composition undergraduate.  He studied with composers Dai Fujikura and  Kenneth Hesketh.

Tianqi Liu (China)

Submitted Work: Listen to the Sound of Ponds

Tianqi Liu, born in December 1996. She learns the piano since childhood. In 2015, she was admitted to the composing department of Central Conservatory of Music by attached middle school of Central Conservatory of Music. Now she is in the third grade of college. She studied with professor Changyuan Liu, professor Chen Yao and professor Yinyue Hu successively. She won the second prize in the “middle school cup” composers’ competition. After she went to the college, her works have been honoured many times at home and abroad.

Zhou Tie (China)

Submitted Work: Sail to the South

Zhou Tie, a Chinese composer who is currently studying in the Royal College of Music.

Majoring in composition, his teachers are Kenneth Hesketh, Gilbert Nouno, Michael Oliva (Electroacoustic music) ,Jonathan Pitkin(orchestration),Chris Green,Mike Ladouceur(Composition for screen), Peter Sparks, Howard Williams, Natalia Iuibassa(conducting). 


As a composer, Zhou Tie has gotten many opportunities to write a lot of commission works for many professional artists and contemporary ensembles in the world. His pieces has been performed in many countries and places, such as America, UK, Bulgaria, China, Thailand, Taiwan, Russia,Singapore, Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Xi’an, Lan Zhou, Su Zhou, Hang Zhou.