William Kuo is a Canadian composer currently based in Vancouver. As an artist, he strives to renew his listening habits and examine his influences by observing cultural contexts and human relations.
Notable collaborators in recent years include Juliet Fraser and Ensemble Multilatérale, Le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, Ensemble InterContemporain, Ensemble Paramirabo, and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. In May 2018, his new work for saxophone quartet will be premiered by Quasar quatuor de saxophones in Montréal.
William received his Bachelor’s in Composition from McGill University in 2013, under the guidance of Brian Cherney, Chris Paul Harman, and John Rea. In 2015, he earned his Master’s in Composition from the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal, where he received valuable insight from Michel Gonneville, Serge Provost, and Louis Dufort. Other influential and equally indispensable mentors include Philippe Leroux, Mark Andre, Alex Mincek, Ana Sokolović, Jean Lesage, Luc Brewaeys, Beat Furrer, Martin Schüttler, and Jorge Sánchez-Chiong.
He continues to develop his artistic vision through pivotal encounters in distinguished programs such as Académie Voix Nouvelles at Royaumont Abbey, the 13th International Young Composers Forum in Montréal, IRCAM ManiFeste Academy, Darmstadt New Music Summer Courses, Bozzini Quartet Undergraduate Composers Kitchen, and the Orford Arts Academy.