Gu Gaa-fai (顧嘉煇)
3 February 1933
|Occupation||Composer, arranger, Musical Director, Conductor, very occasional lyricist|
|Awards|| Hong Kong Film Awards – Best Original Film Score|
1990 A Terra-Cotta Warrior
Golden Horse Awards – Best Music
1964 The Dancing Millionairess
1966 Till the End of Time
|Traditional Chinese||顧 嘉 煇|
|Simplified Chinese||顾 嘉 辉|
|Also known as||Moran (莫然)|
gu gaa-fai (顧家輝)
|Genres|| Mandopop, jingles, Children's song (early career)|
Cantopop, Hong Kong musical tongue twister
Joseph Koo Kar-Fai, MBE, GBS (born 3 February 1933 in Guangzhou, China), is one of the most respected composersin Hong Kong. He used the pen name Moran (莫然) for Mandarin songs early in his career. He has two siblings: an older sister, the famous Chinese singer/painter Koo Mei (顧媚) and a younger brother, Koo Kar-Tseung (顧嘉鏘).
Koo began learning music at age 17 by taking piano lessons from a Filipino music teacher, who was already giving singing lessons to Koo's sister.
Koo was [ citation needed ] to attend the Berklee College of Music in Boston in the early 60s. Upon graduation he returned to Hong Kong and worked for both the Shaw Brothers and Golden Harvest movie studios, scoring, among others, the Bruce Lee films Fist of Fury and Way of the Dragon in 1972.
Koo joined TVB as their director of music in 1973,where from the late 1970s until immigrating to Canada in the 1990s, he collaborated with the lyricist Wong Jim on many memorable TV theme songs. Koo has composed over 1,200 songs in his career, many of his songs are now considered as classic Cantopop. He only has 2 notable works as a lyricist, but they are both very short in length and total number of words. One was a children's song about the ten numbers, the other was the ending 'Goodnight' jingle for Enjoy Yourself Tonight.
In 1961, he composed his first hit (Mandarin Chinese) song 夢 (meng means "dream"), which was sung by his sister Koo Meiand later another hit song 郊道. In 1974, he wrote the first Cantonese TV theme song (啼笑姻緣) which was the actual first popular Cantopop song.
Koo received Member of Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 1982. In 1998, he received the Bronze Bauhinia Star from the Hong Kong Government. He also received other awards including Music Accomplishment Award (from Composers and Authors Society of Hong Kong Ltd.), Highest Honour Award (from RTHK Ten Best Chinese Music Program), Best Music Award and Best Lyric Award (from Asia Film Festival), Hong Kong Film Awards, Taiwan's Golden Horse Film Festival and Awards and many others.
In 2012 from 30 November to 3 December, he held a concert titled "Joseph Koo Concert 2012" at the Hong Kong Coliseum, which featured many singers including Adam Cheng, George Lam, Teresa Cheung, and Anthony Wong.In more recent years he has spent much of his time in Vancouver, Canada where he had emigrated. In 2015, he announced his retirement as a conductor, and he would significantly reduce his musical works, and move into become an oil painter like his sister.
American Express 1984
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|Awards and achievements|
| Golden Needle Award of RTHK Top Ten Chinese Gold Songs Award|
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