Hang Su

Composer & Performer

Hang Su was born in 1983. He is a composer and interpreter of contemporary music.

From 2009 to 2012 he studied at the Conservatory of Music and Theater in Leipzig, Germany and got his diploma in Music Composition. From 2012 to 2016, he graduated the masterclass composition with summa cum laude. From 2010 to 2015 he was granted a scholarship from the Heinrich-Böll Foundation in Germany.

He is a founding member of forma Leipzig, a Leipzig based art association of contemporary music and literature. His works were performed in Germany, UK and Austria by Ensemble Handwerk, Trio Sostenuto, Ensemble forma Leipzig, Ensemble MAM, Ensemble Mocrep, Ensemble SNIM etc.

In the course of his studies and various international festivals and similar occasions he attended personal lessons by Claus-Steffen Mahnkopf, Pierluigi Billone, Steven Takasugi, Brian Ferneyhough, Mark Andre, Hans Tuschku, Hector Para Francesco Felidei, Klaus Lang, Nomi Epstein and Milica Djordjevic

Hang Su was a working fellow of the Culture Foundation of the Free State of Saxony 2017 and has a residency as a composer in Wiepersdorf Germany in 2018. Recently he also received the scholarship for the artist residency in Ahrenshoop Germany for 2019.

Hang Su’s early works were based on phonetical and analytics on especially Chinese language. He was interested in the physical reaction of interpretation such as the experiments with extended vocal techniques. Since 2015 he began to experiment with contemporary technics on the traditional Chinese instrument Qin, a seven-string-zither. In 2016, his works have been related to improvisation processes, which are affected by the spatial score with moving position (Axonometrie I). In the study of gesture and time (2017), he was trying to create a strategy, which translates the visual image into the gesture and music expressions in a performance.

Besides his composing work, Hang Su has also started widening his aesthetical terrain into visual experiences. On his Instagram account, he has been collecting almost 1000 pictures and videos on the way.

Lastly, he presented a performance together with the dance ensemble Urban Collective at the museum of fine arts Leipzig (Museum der bildenden Künste) in referece to the ongoing exhibition of Chinese photographer Ren Hang (1987-2017).

(Photo © Andreas Schröder)