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Yoko Kitano 
She obtained a bachelor’s degree from the Piano Division, the Department of Music, KobeCollege. She was supervised with Professor Yasuko Yamada, Professor Mie Seiler, 
Professor Panhofer and Professor Schufter. She also obtained a diploma from the summer academy of Jorg Demus. She has performed piano concerto concerts, solo recitals and joint 
recitals in Salzburg, Tokyo and Osaka.She has taught at the music school of Soai Music University, Osaka Christian College, and Osaka University of Arts, and Osaka Shoin Women’s University.
She has been a jury member for various competitions, such as YBP International Music Competition, Aichi Piano Competition, Japan Player’s Competition, Cecilia international Music Competition (Tokyo), Prima la Musica (Austria), Concours International Leopold Bellan (France), Xiamen University International Piano Festival (Xiamen, China), Dautchland Klavier Wettbewerb & International Musi Association Leadership Summit (Qingdao, China), Coimbra World Piano Meeting (Portugal). She gives masterclasses at 
Coimbra World Piano Meeting, Art College of Xiamen University and music school in Hamburg. Also, she is a member of honor board at Cap Ferret Music Festival (France). She was invited as a special guest at the International Fritz Kreisler Violin Competition, 
Concours International de Piano “ALBERT ROUSSEL” Sofia, Thailand International 
Piano Competition and Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition.
Yoko Kitano is president of OSAKA International Music Competition and Rakuiku Music Academy.

Dr. Man-Ching Donald Yu (b.1980), Hong Kong born composer and pianist. His music has received various reviews internationally while being described as “Forming an arresting and personal intermixing of tonal and atonal languages, with the musical colors and gestures of his native country infiltrating the mix.”(Fanfare Magazine). “The composer exhibits a radical way of sparse sound-disposition, through the expressive outburst to the final spiritualization of the musical material that fades away in a suspense manner.” (Augsburger Allgemeine, Germany) “Symphony no. 2 reflects an amazing combination for diatonic and chromatic material”(Zaholovok, Ukraine).
As a prolific composer, more than hundreds compositional works ranges from chamber, vocal, electroacoustic, Chinese instrumental works to opera, choral works and symphonies. His works have been featured at various international festivals and venues throughout the North and South America, Europe and Asia, such as the EurAsia International Music Festival, Yekaternburg Russia (2017), the 24th International Review of Composers, Serbia (2015), the Expo Milano, Italy “Music Today in China” (2015), the Hong Kong Arts Festival (2016), the International Festival of Modern Art: Two Days and Two Nights of New Music at the Odessa Philharmonic Theater (2011, 2015), the International Festival of Modern Music “Kyiv Music Fest” (2014), the International Spring Orchestra Festival, Malta, (2013), the New Horizons Music Festival, U.S. (2012, 2014), the Mozarteum International Summer Academy, Salzburg (2007), the Yogyarkarta Contemporary Music Festival, Indonesia (2009, 2014), the II International Festival “Master of Music”, Russia (2013), the St George International Music Festival, Greece (2013), the Delhi International Arts Festival, India (2013), the Royal Canadian College of Organists National Convention, Canada (2010), the national convention of the American Guild of Organist, U.S. (2012), the 18th Annual Frühling Posaunen Festival, U.S (2007), and among others; His music has been performed and/or comissioned by the Uzhgorod Philharmonic with chorus, the Opera Hong Kong Chorus with the Hong Kong Chamber Orchestra, the Chernivtsi Philharmonic, the Lugansk Philharmonic, the Khmelnytsky Philharmonic Winds, Icarus Ensemble, Ensemble Dialog, Duo Pianistico di Firenze, Musicorba Duo, Senza Sforzando Ensemble, Gulfstream String Quartet, Mixed String Quartet, the Choral Fellows of the Harvard University Choir, the New Score Chamber Orchestra, the Equinox Trio, Duo 46, the Hong Kong Children’s Choir, the Hong Kong Youth Choir, the Yao Yuen Chinese Music Orchestra, Truman State Clarinet Choir, Truman State Brass Choir, Onondaga Civic Symphony Orchestra, and many others. Yu’s music is published by Edizioni Sconfinarte (Italy), Verlag Vierdreiunddreissig (Germany), Helm and Baynov Verlag (Germany), Scherzo Editions (Portugal), Zimbel Press (U.S.), Wehr’s Music House (U.S.), Golden Hearts Publication (Japan), and Da Vinci Edition (Japan). Music recordings are recorded on Ablaze and Hugo Records, as well as in Albany and Zimbel Records in which he performs his own music. As a pianist, he has performed a diverse repertoire and collaborated with numerous instrumentalists and singers in different countries such as Hong Kong, Macau, Serbia, Italy, Austria, Germany and United States, including the Asian Contemporary Composer Chamber Music Concert Series in 2013 (Macau), Cortona Contemporary Music Festival in 2007 (Italy), the 8th International Scientific Conference in 2013 (Serbia), the 2009 Australasia Computer Music Conference (Australia), etc. Yu started learning piano at age 10 and made his concerto debut twice with Pan Asia Symphony Orchestra at age 16. Later he also earned a Licentiate Diploma (L.R.S.M.) in piano performance from the Royal Schools of Music. His interpretation of own pieces is described as “prowess at keyboard.”(Fanfare).
Apart from mainly being a composer and pianist, Yu is also active as a scholar as well as an educator. As a theorist, his papers have been presented in different international conferences including the 2015 Keele Music Analysis Conference (U.K.), the 2016 International Conference “Music of Orient” (Poland), the 9th International Music Theory and Analysis Conference (Serbia), as well as published in scholarly books and music journals such as Cambridge Scholars Publishing (U.K.) and New Sound International Journal of Music (Serbia). As a lecturer, from the beginning of 2007, he taught music history, music theory and composition at various institutions including the Hong Kong International Institute of Music, the Community College of City University of Hong Kong, and the Education University of Hong Kong. 
Yu earned his B.Mus. degree in piano performance and composition from the Baylor University (U.S.), studying piano performance with Krassimira Jordan of the Russian piano school. Later he received a scholarship to continue his music study at the International Summer Academy Mozarteum Salzburg in Austria. Subsequently he received his Ph.D. in composition and music theory with the support of a full postgraduate research assistantship at the Hong Kong Baptist University. Since 2007 he has received various awards, funds, grants and honorable mentions from different organizations, locally and overseas, including those from ASCAP (U.S.), Sir Edward Youde Memorial Council and Newly Published Music Competition (NFA – U.S.).