Huihui Cheng studied in Stuttgart for electronic composition by Marco Stroppa. Her works have been performed at some music festivals around the world, including the 2005 Beijing Modern Music Festival, the 2008 Munich Biennale, the 2009 and 2013 Tongyeong International Music Festival in Korea. Her works have been performed by ensembles such as the string quartet of Germany Symphony Orchestra, Berlin New Music Ensemble, Courage Ensemble and Austria New Ensemble. She is the recipient of Composition Competition of \"Con Tempo\" of China in 2007 (First Prize), \"Isang Yun \"International Composition Competition 2011(Grand Prize). Recently she has awarded the Baden Wüttemberg Art Foundation Scholarship and SWR Vokalensemble Akademie Residence. Finally she has been selected for the Cursus 1 in computer music for composers at IRCAM, Paris, in 2015-16 and she's selected by Manifest 2016 for the session with Ensemble Intercontemporain and Radio France Philharmonic.
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"Messenger" is for prepared upright-piano and prepare pianist, composed by Huihui Cheng and played by Claudia Chan. The piece is a commission of Royaumont Festival 2017.
A prepared piano is a piano that has had its sound altered by placing objects on or between the strings. What about prepared pianist? In this piece, the pianist will dressed costume made of objects, such as guitar strings, present tape, those objects will be around his/her body and connected to the upright piano’s strings, as extended instrument of the piano and costume of the pianist. The pianist will play the normal piano-keys and in the meanwhile the body-strings, for this reason this piece has been called "Messenger". Huihui Cheng, as composer and performance designer, is interested in the experiment about "performance and costume". In several of her recent pieces, costumes are important elements, either as sound object or visual presentation, and give the performer a role except just as musician.