CHIAYU HSU (b 1975 )
Born in Banciao, Taiwan, Chiayu received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music, master’s degree and Artist Diploma from the Yale School of Music, and Ph.D. from Duke University. She has undertaken different residencies in the United States and Europe, including Yaddo, Wildacres Retreat, the Camargo Foundation, and Dora Maar House. She studied at the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Chamber Music Conference and Composers’ Forum of the East, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, the Aspen Music Festival, American Conservatory (Fontainebleau), and the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. Her teachers included Jennifer Higdon, Martin Bresnick, Roberto Sierra, Ezra Laderman, David Loeb, Anthony Kelley, Jeffrey Mumford, Donald Crockett, Jonathan Berger, Christopher Rouse, Robert Beaser, Joseph Schwantner, Joan Tower, Marco Stroppa, Scott Lindroth, and Stephen Jaffe. In her successful career as a composer she has been interested in deriving inspiration from different materials, such as poems, myths, and images, and particularly in the combination of Chinese elements and western techniques. Chiayu has received numerous awards and honours for her compositions. In 2013 Journey to the West, was the winner of the IAWM Search for New Music and Shui Diao Ge To, composed for the 2004 Milestones Festival, received a 2005 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer’s Award. In 1999 her Dinkey Bird won the Maxfield Parrish composition contest. She also received first prize in the National Taiwan Academy of Art Composition Competition, the Charlotte Civic Orchestra Composition Competition, the Philip Slates Memorial Composition Contest, the Prism Quartet Student Commission Award, the Renée B. Fisher Foundation Composer Award, the William Klenz Prize, the Sorel Organization’s 2nd International Composition Competition, music+culture 2009 International Competition for Composers, the 2010 Sorel Organization recording grant, the KH Tan Composition Competition and the Copland House Residency Award. Her career has brought a remarkable number of commissions. In March 2014 her Shank Ko, received its Asia première with the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra. This was the winning work of Lynn University’s international call for scores and was also selected by the EarShot programme and performed by the Nashville Symphony in April 2010.