Three Scenes of Childhood (PE153), for Piano by Vincent Ho (1997) © Promethean Editions Limited 1997 Published exclusively by Promethean Editions Limited First edition © 2019 Promethean Editions Limited Series Editor: Ross Hendy Editor: Ben Woods ISBN: 978-1-877564-53-6 (print) ISBN: 978-1-77660-153-0 (ebook) ISMN: 979-0-67452-307-3 Promethean Editions Limited PO Box 10-143 Wellington NEW ZEALAND http://www.prometheaneditions.com No part of this publication may be reproduced in any form or by any means without permission in writing from the Publisher.
Vincent Ho (1975) Born in Ontario, Canada, Vincent Ho began his musical training at Canada’s Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, where he received an Associate Diploma in Piano Performance in 1993. Mentored by a series of composers including Allan Bell, David Eagle, Christos Hatzis, Walter Buczynski, and Stephen Hartke, Ho gained degrees from the University of Calgary and the University of Toronto, and a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Southern California. While still an undergraduate student, Ho was awarded a scholarship to attend the Schola Cantorum Summer Composition Program in Paris, France, where he received tuition from faculty of the Juilliard School of Music and the Paris Conservatoire. Ho sprang to prominence in 1999, when he received prizes for his first string quartet and his piano work Three Scenes of Childhood, and an audience prize for the latter in the Toronto New Music Festival. String Quartet No.1 received further recognition nearly a decade later when it was nominated ‘Best Classical Composition of the Year’ in the Western Canadian Music Awards following its release on CD. Ongoing commissions have provided opportunities for Ho to produce many notable works for orchestra, including Nighthawks (2000), Dragon Realms (2006), Red Zen (2008) and Fallen Angel: In Memoriam Richard D’Amore (2008). Most significant is his Arctic Symphony (2010), a work inspired by a trip to the Arctic, which has been described as ‘a mature and atmospheric work that firmly establishes Ho among North American composers of note’ (Winnipeg Free Press). Ho was Composer in Residence with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra from 2007 through 2017, enabling him to complete three concertos in two years for renowned soloists such as Dame Evelyn Glennie and Shauna Rolston. Glennie commissioned and premiered The Shaman (2011) and From Darkness to Light: A Spiritual Journey (2013). City Suite (2012), for amplified solo cello and orchestra, was premiered by Rolston. In 2017 Centrediscs released the Juno Award-nominated album The Shaman & Arctic Symphony: Orchestral Music of Vincent Ho, PE153 – 3