John has sung in all seven ISCMS Festivals since its founding in 2008. He is an amazing musician.
Shane O'Shea, 2014
John Hui attended his first International Schools Choral Music Society (ISCMS) Festival in 2008, participating as a soprano and singing the Faure Requiem.
His first composition performed live, Trio No. 1 – “Mood Swing” was premiered in Night of the Champions, the opening concert of the ISCMS Festival in February 2010. Later that year, Hui joined the Dulwich College Beijing Chamber Choir and Male Voice Choir as the new Tenor Choral Scholar.
In September, 2010, Hui’s first orchestral movement, Phlegmatic, was premiered by the Beijing Youth Orchestra, conducted by Shane O’Shea. His second orchestral movement,Melancholic, was premiered by the same orchestra in June 2011, this time conducted by himself.
During the summer of 2011, Hui attended Interlochen Summer Arts Camp as a composition major, and studied under the instruction of Dr. Robert Deemer, Dr. Edward Knight, Dr. Robert Brownlow, and Mr. William Cooper.
In September 2011, Hui was cast as the leading role, Ebenezer Scrooge, in the December school production of Alan Menkin’s A Christmas Carol. In February 2012, he visited the Royal Academy of Music (RAM), London, and the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM), Manchester, as part of a Gifted and Talented Music Tour with nine other fellow musicians from Dulwich.
In February 2012, 5 Pianos, a minimalist piece written for the titular arrangement, was premiered featuring Julien Bell, Kevin Li, SooKwon Ha, Harvard Virgil Humphrey, and himself, in the Night of the Championsconcert immediately preceding the ISCMS Festival that year. Frustrated Nonagons -Choleric, an arrangement of Frustrated Nonagons for symphony orchestra, was premiered at the opening concert of the 2012 ISCMS Festival, following on from Phlegmatic and Melancholic.
In March 2012, Hui began studying composition and electronic music under Professor Benoit Granier from the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing.
Throughout 2012, Hui worked on The Hollow Men – Part I, a piece for choir and orchestra based on the text from T.S. Eliot’s poem of the same name. It was announced as the winner for the Jenkins Award 2013 composition competition in October. The world premiere of this piece was given during the ISCMS 2013 Gala Concert, February 23rd, in the Busan Cultural Center, South Korea.
In March 2013, cellist Jacob Shaw premiered Exploration No.1 for solo cello, in Beijing during a concert tour of China.
In February 2014, Hui participated in his final ISCMS festival as a high school participant, marking his seventh year.
Hui is currently working on commissions for the Van Brugh String Quartet, percussion player Leo Yu and the Taiwan National University for the Arts Symphony Orchestra, and is at Columbia University in the City of New York.