Raymond Yiu was born in Hong Kong in 1973 and came to England in 1990. He started piano lessons at the age of four. He began writing music as a teenager, and took up composing again while he was studying at Imperial College. As a composer, Raymond is mostly self-taught. He received informal consultations from several composers including Julian Anderson, Lukas Foss, David Matthews and David Sawer and is currently undertaking a doctorate under the supervision of Julian Anderson at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama for which he won a scholarship.
He has been shortlisted three times for British Composer Awards. In 2010 his work Northwest Wind won in the Chamber category, in 2012 a subsequent chamber work entitled Les Etoiles au Front was shortlisted in the same category and previously, in 2004, his work Beyond The Glass was shortlisted in the Choral category.
He is the recipient of the spnm’s 2003 George Butterworth Award and a Bliss Trust Composer Bursary in 2009. His work The Earth and Every Common Sight, for soprano and piano, won the Tracey Chadwell Memorial Prize 2010.
The London Citizen Exceedingly Injured is a piece written for orchestra and is the composer's first major orchestral work. The piece was written without commission and had its world premiere on the 18 January 2013 at the Barbican, London. It was performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and conducted by Long Yu. The performance was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.