William Kuo is a Taiwanese-Canadian composer working with instruments, electronics, and audio recordings, recently expanding into electronic improvisation. His work explores the possibility of perceiving multiple overlapping sonic realities through a heightened awareness of the listening context.
His music has been presented at the C-LAB (Taiwan Sound Lab), Gaudeamus Muziekweek (Netherlands), Bludenzer Tage zeitgemäßer Musik (Austria), Cluster New Music Festival (Canada), Festival Voix Nouvelles (France), and ManiFeste Festival (France). Apart from his activities as a composer, he has also performed as an electronic musician at Twenty Alpha in Hong Kong.
Notable collaborators in recent years include TAK Ensemble, Ensemble Nikel, Quasar Quatuor de Saxophones, Ensemble Klang, Asko|Schönberg, Ensemble Multilatérale, Le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, Ensemble InterContemporain, Ensemble Paramirabo, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Heather Roche, Eva Zöllner, Juliet Fraser, Juliette Adam, and Karen Yu.
He received his Bachelor's in Composition from McGill University in 2013 and his Master's in Composition from the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal in 2015. In 2018-19, he participated in the Cursus computer music program at IRCAM in Paris, France. He was a finalist for the Gaudeamus Award in 2018.