Prof MAK, Clarence
Associate Dean of the School of Music and Head of Composition and Electronic Music
BA(CUHK), MMus(Pennsylvania), LRSM, Dip, Spanish Music in Performance (Curso Universitario Internacional de Musica Epanola, Spain)
Clarence Mak was born in Hong Kong. He has been enjoying his musical life starting from his public performance of playing guitar in the New Music Hong Kong concert series in 70s. He has been involved in musical performance as a composer and guitarist for more than thirty years, giving music lectures and demonstrations in various institutes. He played as the soloist the complete guitar concerto Aranjuez by Jaoquin Rodrigo with the Macau Chamber Orchestra in 1986 and 1987, and Henze’s El Cimaron in the ensemble with voice, flute, and percussion in the ISCM (International Society of Contemporary Music) Festival in 1988. He was invited to be the visiting artist at the University of Missouri at Kansas City Conservatory of Music, and the teaching professor in the International Summer Course in Monthureux Le Sec, France.
Clarence Mak pursued music training in composition and electronic music at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Pennsylvania State University (B.A. and M.Mus), and studied guitar performance in Musica En Composetela in Spain, and musical acoustics and programming at Stanford University’s CCRMA (Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics).
He composes music for local and overseas ensemble groups, orchestras, dramas, dances, electronic and multi-media. His compositions have been featured in various concerts and festivals. International performances of his compositions include those at Contemporary Music Festival in London, the International Computer Music Symposium in Taiwan, ISCM New Music Festivals in Romania and Hong Kong, ICMC Computer Music Festival in Beijing, Electronic Music Festival in USA, Percussion Music Festival in Germany, and Asian Pacific World Music Days in Korea, Japan, and New Zealand.
His commissioned works include music for different artistic groups such as the Insomnio (Netheland modern music ensemble), Zurich Ensemble, Sweden Oboe Trio, Hamburg New Music Ensemble, Kings Harmonica Quintet, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, City Contemporary Dance Company, Chung Ying Theatre, and numerous professional performing groups of Chinese and Western music in Hong Kong.
Mak actively takes part in professional services, promoting music making and related educational activities, being the advisor, committee member, delegate and member of Jury, and producer of projects for international festivals. He was the secretary, treasurer, and Vice Chairman of the Hong Kong Composers' Guild from 1987 to 2008 respectively and now serves as a Council Director and a member in organizing committees for major musical events. He was invited to be the adjudicator for the Kazimierz Serocki International Composers’ Competition in Poland, the International Computer Music Conference's Commission Awards; and he was the chief delegate to present Hong Kong composers' works in the Asian-Pacific Music Festival in New Zealand and in the International Rostrum in Paris and Dublin, and also the ISCM Festival in Belgium. He has been invited to be the key note speaker giving lecture in the international conferences, and to provide training to music teachers and give talks for the Hong Kong Education Bureau, Central Library, and Music Office. He served in the advisory committees and as the external examiner for the tertiary institutions in the Hong Kong.
Mak has joined the music faculty of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts for many years and is currently the Head of Composition and Electronic Music.