Huihui Cheng

Portrait of Huihui Cheng
Year of birth, place
1985, Wu-Chang, People's Republic of China

Huihui Cheng (*1985 in Wu-Chang, China) is a composer focusing on the domain of "theatrically extended composition", discovering the optical figures of music, giving sound a theatrical meaning to increase the expressive potential of music. Cheng experiments with different matters, costumes, movements, extended objects, lighting, etc. To feature intermedia elements, she makes use of dance, performance, and video installations. All these means of expression aim at communication as the central theme of her artistic work: Communication between the performers, between people and machines as well as with the audience.

Huihui Cheng studied composition at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing and after her Solistenklasse degree at the Stuttgart University of Music and Performing Arts (HMDK), she then went on to specialize in electronic music composition with Marco Stroppa and Piet Johan Meyer. She had residencies at Gmem-CNCM-Marseille (Centre National de Création Musicale) and at the SWR Experimentalstudio Freiburg, amongst others. In 2016, Cheng was awarded a Giga-Hertz Production Prize by ZKM | Karlsruhe and SWR Experimentalstudio. A portrait DVD with her works has been published in the series EDITION CONTEMPORARY MUSIC by Wergo in 2020. Her latest project in the field of new music theater was premiered at Theater Freiburg in October 2022.