Grace Ma is currently a master's in composition student at the University of Texas at Austin. A graduate from the University of British Columbia, Canada, she has received numerous accolades for her versatile, eclectic, and imaginative works. Recently, she was awarded the 2017 Duino Prize to attend the International Music Festival of the Adriatic in Duino, Italy, where her string quartet "Verses on Adolescence" was performed, among world premieres of pieces composed during the residency. She is also alumnus of Orford Academy 2016 in Magog, Quebec, and Atlantic Music Festival 2016 & 2014 in Waterville, Maine.
Grace's repertoire includes chamber, solo-instrumental, electronic, orchestral, vocal works, and film music. She loves collaborating with singers, instrumentalists, dancers/choreographers and directors to create exciting new compositions. She has been featured in many major productions, both inter-disciplinary and traditional in settings, including Ears, Eyes and Feet at UT Austin (2017); Sound in Sculpture at UT Austin (2017); Danse, Lhasa, Danse at the Chan Centre, UBC (2014); Vancouver Pro Musica's Further Series Electroacoustics Concert (2014); and twice at the West Coast Student Composers’ Symposium co-hosted by UBC, University of Victoria, and Simon Fraser University (2014 & 2015).
Throughout her years in Austin, Grace has been an active PR personnel, composer and performer for CLUTCH, a concert series dedicated to showcasing works by UT composers. She cherishes the opportunity to promote her colleagues' works and sharing the gift of artistic creation with the wider community. In 2014, her orchestral work was read by the Victoria Symphony under Maestra Tania Miller, four years after her debut as pianist in front of 40,000 spectators at Victoria, BC's Inner Harbour. An emerging music scholar, Grace has presented research on 18th century music criticism and tonal-formal analysis of select keyboard pieces by Bach at international conferences in Holland (2013) and England (2014).