Haotian Yu (born 1998 in Shanghai) is a Canadian composer working in Germany. His music conjectures on the possibility of a “minor music” (in the sense of Deleuze and Guattari’s minor literature), constructing formal systems from speculative analyses of traditional Chinese musics and related social practices.
In 2023 he is artist-in-residence at the Akademie der Künste, Berlin as a recipient of the Berlin fellowship.
Haotian Yu studied at the HfMDK Frankfurt (with support from the DAAD Postgraduate Scholarship) and the Eastman School of Music, with Orm Finnendahl, Michael Reudenbach, Oliver Schneller, and Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon, among others.
He is artistic director of the Beijing-based AIR contemporary music collective. He regularly publishes writing on new music through AIR; other writing is published through SWR and Perspectives of New Music.
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