Melissa Hui was born in Hong Kong and raised in Vancouver, Canada. She received her D.M.A. from Yale University and M.F.A. from the California Institute of the Arts. Her mentors include Jacob Druckman, Earl Kim and Mel Powell. Initially inspired by the haunting music of the African pygmies and Japanese gagaku court orchestra, she strives to create a personal music of ethereal beauty, intimate lyricism, and raucous violence. Her commissions include works for the Oregon Symphony, National Arts
What did the Fellowship or Laureate mean to you at the time you received it?
Beyond the appreciation for my art, the Fellowship allowed me to devote more time and energy to thinking, dreaming, creating and fulfilling my vision.
What do you do now? Has your art evolved or changed?
I continue to compose and teach, having joined the composition faculty at McGill University in Montreal in 2010. My art has continually evolved in subtle ways, sometimes in ways that I would not have expected.
What is one piece of advice you would give to an emerging artist?
Have the courage to find your own voice and the passion to keep pushing boundaries!
Briefly, how would you describe the state of the arts locally, as well as national and beyond?
Diverse, dynamic, evocative, urgent, hidden.
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