Twenty-three year old Willis Wong is a young composer-arranger from Hong Kong. While most young musicians train to become instrumentalists, Wong opted for the less conventional path of composing. He explained, “I began studying the piano at a young age, but always felt some kind of bottleneck. But then, my composition teacher introduced a composition software to me when I was in Secondary 4. I fell in love with it as soon as I got my hands on, and I began to churn out pieces at a crazy speed.” It is true that playing an instrument can easily be impeded by slow progress or technical obstacles. Composers, on the other hand, rely on more on creativity and hence is less likely to be inhibited these limitations.
“Whenever I compose, I think very carefully of the different combinations of the instruments and the choice of each note, so that I can express my messages fully,” said Wong. He added that while individual feelings might be subjective, a good piece of composition should convey its messages efficiently and inspire the audience nonetheless.
Wong was the music arranger for Marco Polo Goes to Carnival, and original production of the Children’s Concert in Musicus Fest 2017. Taking note of his young audience, Wong crafted his melody with greater varieties and infuses the music with an upbeat atmosphere. The audience would perhaps appreciate it more as they pay attention to the thoughtful creativity of the composer or arranger.
Interviewer: Jocelyn Lam Chui Ying (Musicus Inspires! Behind the Scenes 2017 participant)