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Kee Yong CHONG(Malaysia)
Dr.Chong Kee Yong, one of Malaysia 's leading contemporary music composers, possesses one of the most exciting voices in new music today. Indeed, his work has been hailed as "imaginative and poetic" by leading conductor-composer Peter E
ötvös and as "very inventive and artistically  pure" by composer Janathan Harvey. The uniqueness of his music stems not only from a rich palette of sounds, but his experimentation into traditions, infusing his own Chinese and multi-cultural Malaysian heritage into his work. Dr.Chong was born in Kluang, Johor, where his parents were farmers. He graduated from the Malaysian Institute of Arts in Kuala Lumpur and completed his Bachelor of Arts at the Xian Conservatory with Prof Rao Yu Yan and Prof Zhang Da Long. Professor Rao recommended that Dr.Chong pursue his final studies at the Royal Conservatory of Music of Brussels (Flemish & French section) under the guidance of Prof Jan Van Landeghem and Prof Daniel Capelletti. His postgraduate studies include numerous master classes with composers such as Brian Ferneyhough, Daan Manneke, Zoltan Janey, Peter  Eötvös, Salvatore Sciarrino, Henri Pousseur, Chou Wen Chung, Chinary Ung and Hanspeter Kyburz.
Dr.Chong’s distinctive style has won him many awards and commissions.
He is the first Malaysian composer received the prestigious commission great award by the Serge Koussevitzky Music Foundation (USA) and the prestigious "The Outstanding Young Malaysian Awards" in the Cultural Achievement category.
Dr.Chong is the creative director of Studio C, former president  (2017-2019) and recent executive committee of Society of Malaysian Contemporary Composers. He was the artistic director of the 2009 Kuala Lumpur Contemporary Music Festival and SMCC Contemporary Music Festival "Sound Bridge" 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019 and 2021. 2016-2017 he was visiting professor of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and 2018 visiting professor of Danish Royal Academy of Music.
Gradually fading away the 19 senses of youthful memories
"Gradually fading away the 19 senses of youthful memories" for flute in C and clarinet in B♭(2021) is commissioned and dedicated for the JFC 60th anniversary!
This is my 5th piece for the Covid-19 series. During the disaster of the Covid-19 pandemic, all human beings are facing great pain on this virus spreading and hurting, all activities and social contact are almost not going to happen, I'm grateful that the committee and members of JFC who still keep their music passion to keep live performances possible! In this short piece, it is my self-imagination of my 19 senses of youthful memories are gradually fading away because of the pandemic hardship for all of us, but thanks to technology as we still connect with all sorts of social media, so that we still have hopes for building new and happy memories with our love one!