"....an unbelievably versatile composer with a limitless future"
- Martin O'Donnell, Composer of Halo and Destiny
"The pride of Hong Kong."
- The Honourable Carrie Lam, Chief Executive of Hong Kong
Elliot Ho Yat Leung is a widely sought-after composer who has composed for the highest-grossing international blockbusters and productions. His music has been described as being "particularly unique" by The Standard, and being able to "tug the audience's heartstrings" by Sina News. The South China Morning Post observed Mr. Leung as "a seasoned composer who enhances the magic of cinema."
As the Director of H1Music Limited, Leung recently collaborated with director Dante Lam (林超賢), and scored Operation Red Sea, the second-highest grossing Asian blockbuster at 47 billion HKD. The score quickly attained critical acclaim, and therefore his piece "The Valiant Flight" from the Operation Red Sea Soundtrack Album was performed in the 8th Beijing International Film Festival. He has worked with the largest film companies like Bona Film Group, Emperor Motion Pictures and Fireworks Entertainment. Some of his other credits include Think and Grow Rich: The Legacy and Abyssal Quest. Since 2014, Leung's music, namely his piece Cocktail Party, has been played back more than 10,000,000 times on major televised platforms like CCTV, TVB, HKBN and NowTV. In 2014, his choral music was highly praised by Bernard Chan (陳智思) of the Hong Kong Executive Council and in 2017, his pieces were performed and recorded by the Concerto Budapest Orchestra.
As an arranger and orchestrator, Leung arranged music for a wide array of clients (shown below). His works have been performed in many prestigious venues, including the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Tianqiao Performing Arts Centre (Beijing) and Queen Elizabeth Stadium (Hong Kong). In 2016, was the orchestrator of HKREP's multi-award winning musical 頂頭鎚 (Field of Dreams) and was very well received by audiences in both Hong Kong and China. In 2017, he was the arranger of HKTDC's Think Asia, Think Hong Kong show in London which ended with a full-house standing ovation. Furthermore, his arrangement of Descendants of the Dragon (龍的傳人) was featured as part of the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong Handover celebrations performed by the Learners Chorus and the Shenzhen University Choir.
Leung began his musical training at age 5 in the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts under Mr. Laurent Perrin. As a result of his musical excellence, he was selected to perform in the "Charming China Youth Arts Festival (亞洲藝術盛典 · 魅力中國)" during his secondary school years. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Composition from Wheaton Conservatory of Music, where he was taught by Marty O' Donnell, David M. Gordon and Shawn E. Okpebholo. While attending, he was the winner of the Schultheis Chamber Music Composition Competition. He began his career in 2014 working as Leon Ko's scoring assistant on 暴瘋語 (Insanity), a cinema blockbuster from Hong Kong.
Biography by Joseph Abdelmelek