Knowledge Exchange



‘Ink Art and New Music’ Creative Exchange Project of Composing for Mixed Ensemble


Project Coordinator: Professor Hing-yan Chan
School of Humanities (Music)


This project aims to explore the aesthetic commonality and discovering the innovative potential of Ink Art and New Music, through the creation and world premiere of new musical works, inspired by ink art and by blending Asian and Western artistic influences and musical traditions. The leadership is provided by M+ Museum, Bard Conservatory of Music, Tianjin Juilliard School, South China Normal University, and HKU’s Music Department and Cultural Management Office. Through workshops, mentorships, commissions, performances, and dialogues, this creative platform brings together composers, scholars, students, and the public, with a goal of fostering meaningful knowledge, educational, cultural, and artistic exchanges.

‘For the End of Time’, 80 Years of the Messiaen Quartet


Project Coordinator: Professor Daniel Kwan Liang Chua
School of Humanities (Music)


Written and premiered in a prison camp during World War II, 2021 marks the 80th anniversary of Olivier Messiaen’s masterpiece, Quartet for the End of Time. This project aims to introduce and bring to light the work’s theological, historical, and musical significance and resonance, through carefully curated programmes including a performance, an exhibition, a recording, a prison visit, and dialogues. Spearheaded by leading scholars and musicians, the project shares the messages of time and hope in honour of Messiaen’s monumental composition and brings its impact back to the prison and to our community at large.