Tuesday, October 7, 2008


Zhan Yuhao , born 3 October, 1981 is a Taiwanese musician. He is currently the in the Taiwanese music group Nan Quan Mama.


Zhan grew up in a single parent family, and began playing the piano at the age of 3. At a young age, Zhan's sister died. As a tribute to her, he wrote a song entitled "Disappear." He studied classical music at the National Taiwan University of Art, graduating in 2006.

Zhan starred in Jay Chou's recent movie "" as Howe, who is also known by his peers as the "Prince of Piano" due to his skills on the piano.

Apo Hsu

Apo Hsu is a born in Taiwan and resident of both Taiwan and the United States. Hsu serves as music director of the National Taiwan Normal University Symphony Orchestra and the Springfield Symphony Orchestra in Missouri. Her past appointments include serving as artistic director of The Women's Philharmonic in San Francisco, California, and conductor of the Oregon Mozart Players in , Oregon. She has been a mentor for many young conductors on both sides of the world through her work at NTNU and at The Conductor’s Institute at Bard College in . Her performances have been featured in national broadcasts in the United States , Taiwan , and Korea .


Apo Hsu's international career encompasses a wide array of guest appearances, residencies, and tour performances. In the United States she has appeared as a guest conductor with the San Francisco Symphony, the National Symphony Orchestra , the Minnesota Orchestra, the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Oregon Symphony Orchestra, the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra, the Interlochen Center for the Arts and many others. Hsu toured Brazil with the Women's Philharmonic in an Avon Women in Concert initiative highlighting the works of Brazilian poet Vinícius de Moraes. She has conducted in Irkutsk, Russia, as a featured conductor. She has appeared on Asia-Pacific stages as guest conductor with 's Sung Nam Philharmonic Orchestra, Prime Philharmonic Orchestra, and KBS Symphony Orchestra , and in tour performances with the NTNU Symphony in the cities of Brisbane, Sydney and Canberra. She appears regularly on concert stages in her native Taiwan, including recent guest appearances with the Kaohsiung City Symphony Orchestra and National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra and special appearances with the Festival Orchestra for the 2003 Summer Presidential Concert and the Presidential Holiday Concerts .

Programs and Recordings

Apo Hsu has earned acclaim for her flair with both Asian and European musical idioms. She and The Women’s Philharmonic received four consecutive Awards for Adventurous Programming from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers and the American Symphony Orchestra League. With this group Ms Hsu recorded symphonic music by African-American composer Florence Price for the Koch International Classics label in 2001. A recording of the repertoire of her 2007 Formosa Dreaming American tour program with NTNU performing artists, featuring the music of Tyzen Hsiao and Fan-Long Ko, is planned for release in 2008.


As head of the conducting studio at Apo Hsu plays a leading role in the training of Taiwan's next generation of conductors. In North America she appears regularly as a faculty member at The Conductor's Institute at Bard College. She has served on the faculty for the American Symphony Orchestra League Conducting Workshops, National Youth Orchestra Festival 2000, the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute 2002 and 2004, and the 2007 All State Orchestra in New Mexico. She has served as a Music Review Panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts for Meet The Composer in New York City.


Apo Hsu received her BA in piano from the National Taiwan Normal University. Her graduate studies in the US began at the Hartt School of Music in Connecticut where she studied double bass performance with Gary Karr. She earned an MM in double bass performance as well as an Artist Diploma in Conducting with conductor Charles Bruck. She attended the Pierre Monteaux Domaine School in Maine for Advanced Conductors, The Conductor’s Institute in with Harold Farberman, and the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado with Murry Sidlin.

Chihchun Chi-sun Lee

Chihchun Chi-sun Lee is a composer of contemporary classical music. Dr. Lee is originally from , and is currently on the faculty of the University of South Florida, in Tampa, USA, She received a from , two masters’ degrees from Ohio University, and a bachelor’s degree from Soochow University in Taiwan. Her teachers included , William Bolcom, Bright Sheng, and Loong-Hsing Wen. She has previously taught music at Johnson County Community College, Washburn University, Rhodes College, and the University of Michigan, and is currently on the faculty of the University of South Florida.

She has received numerous honors; these include winning the 1st Brandenburg Biennial Composers Competition, the Harvard Fromm Music Fellowship, Taiwan National Culture and Arts Foundation commissions, Theodore Front Prize from International Alliance for Women in Music, ISCM/League of Composers Competition, International Festival of Women Composers Composition Prize, Florida Artist Enhancement Grant, Arts Council of Hillsborough County Individual Artist Grant, the SCI/ASCAP Student Composer Commission, the Hong Kong Chou Scholarship, the Joyce Dutka Arts Foundation, the "Music Taipei" award, the Fresh Ink Orchestral Composition Competition, the Margaret Blackburn Competition, NACUSA, the Taiwan Environmental Protection Bureau Music Contest, the Taiwan Provincial Music Competition, the Taiwan National Songwriting Prize, a Taiwan International Community Radio grant, and the Taiwan International Young Composers Competition. Some of her most significant premiers have included her Concerto for Zheng in Carnegie Hall, and a concert dedicated to her music in Taiwan National Concert Hall. In addition, her music has had numerous performances and broadcasts worldwide in Australia, Austria, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, , France, Germany, Hawaii, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Poland, Singapore, Taiwan, Costa Rica, Ukraine, and around the continental United States. She has previously taught at Johnson County Community College, Washburn University, Rhodes College, and the University of Michigan. Her works appear on CDs from the Albany/Capstone label, ERMedia’s Masterworks, NACUSA and Celebrity Music Pte. Ltd. in Singapore. Publications related to Lee’s music can be found in 20th Century Asian Composers’ Biographies, World Music: Traditions and Transformations, and New Discover for the Zheng Music in Taiwan. She is fluent in composing for all instrumental and vocal medium and also has done significant work with indigenous instrument groups, such as Chai Found Music Workshop, Music From China, the Taiwan National , the Taipei Chinese traditional orchestra and other Chinese instrumentalists, including zheng virtuoso, Haiqiong Deng.

Lee’s recent reviews can be found in Gramophone and Newspaper reviews from “Preu?enspiegel”, Brandenburger Wochenblatt , M?rkische Allgemeine, and M?rkische Allgemeine Brandenburger Stadtkurier from Germany

Hebe Tien

Tien Fu-chen, more commonly known as Hebe, is a Taiwanese singer, actress and host, notable as a member of the Taiwanese pop girl group S.H.E.


Hebe Tien was encouraged to participate in the show 'Cruel Stage' by its workers. During the first round, her voice started breaking while singing 'Return Home'. Hebe decided to sing a song with a lower key in the final round.

However, because she was unfamiliar with that song, which happens to be Singaporean singer Kit Chan's "Loving You" or "Xi Huan Ni" , she forgot about ten seconds worth of lyrics in the finals, messing up her performance.

Nonetheless, the manager appreciated her straight personality and powerful vocals. Therefore, Hebe became part of S.H.E, and along with Selina Ren and Ella Chen, were signed under the Taiwanese record label HIM International Music.


*During her career with S.H.E, Hebe has sung two solo songs for her band's albums, "Too Much" and "Someone Loves You Instead of Me" ; both songs are on S.H.E's first album, '''' .

*For two Taiwanese drama soundtracks, Hebe recorded two solos, namely "Ferris Wheel" , for the , and ''Too Late'' , for the Bull Fighting Soundtrack.

*Hebe has sung a modified version of ''Love Has Come'' for the show Bull Fighting's Episode 14. The video can be viewed here:


*Hebe was the featured artiste in 's song, "Only Have Feelings For You" . The song was initially recorded for the Tokyo Juliet OST , but has found a place in Fahrenheit's first album, which is self-titled.

*Hebe and Fahrenheit's duet has also been featured in several of S.H.E's concerts, notably in S.H.E's Singapore 2007 'Moving Castle' Concert as well as S.H.E's Taipei 'Moving Castle' Concert 2006.

*At the 2007 Sprite Music Hong Kong Awards, "Only Have Feelings For You" earned Fahrenheit and Hebe the award for Taiwan's Best Duet Song.

Concert Solos and Duets

*Hebe played a drum solo as one of the segments of the Perfect 3 World Tour concerts.

*Hebe has also done several solo songs for S.H.E's concerts, including ''She's The One'' by Robbie Williams, "Xuan Mu" or 旋木 by Faye Wong, as well as Na Ying's "Meng Xing Le" , which was also later covered by Faye Wong.

*Hebe also sang "Gotta Love" with Wilber Pan during S.H.E's China portion of their Perfect 3 World Tour.


TV Appearances and Hosting Experiences

*Hebe has appeared on Taiwanese television before she became a celebrity, when she was a 16 years old girl on Jacky Wu's Guess Guess Guess show, where she also showed her ability to play the flute.

*Hebe has also hosted 'Guess Guess Guess' as well as 'Happy Sunday' along with her bandmates.

Guest Appearances on Other Artistes' Music Videos

*Hebe has appeared on Z-Chen's ''Cap Girl'' MV, where she is the female character in the video.

*Hebe has also appeared in Jay Chou's MV for ''Tui Hou'' from his ''Still Fantasy'' Album.

Music Compositions

*In S.H.E's 3rd album ''The Genesis'' , Hebe wrote the rap lyrics for the song 你快樂我隨意 ''Ni Kuai Le Wo Sui Yi''.

*In S.H.E's 10th album ''Play'', Hebe wrote the lyrics for the song ''Say You Love Me'' .

*In the ''Bull Fighting'' Original Soundtrack, Hebe wrote the lyrics for the song ''Not Enough Time'' .

Product Endorsements

*Hebe is the official spokesperson for the Swedish Dental Company Nobel Biocare in all of Asia.


*Hebe is able to play the piano and had learnt to play for seven years when she was a child. In fact, she plays the piano solo at the beginning of the music video for "What has happened to us" .

*Hebe stars in the successful drama ''Bull Fighting'' starring Mike He and Lee Wei as the male leads, and Hebe is playing a landlord's daughter. The idol drama has ended its successful run in both Taiwan and Singapore, and the hit show is currently being shown in Mainland China, Hong Kong and Malaysia.

*Hebe is a part-owner of a Mexican-American restaurant named Sunny Day in her hometown, Hsinchu City that is operated by her elder brother.


JerryC , also known by his English name Jerry Chang, is a guitarist and composer. He is best known for his song "", a rock arrangement of Johann Pachelbel's . He began playing the guitar at the age of 17, and the piano before age 15. His style is influenced by classical music, guitarists, as well as melodic metal bands such as Helloween and L'Arc~en~Ciel.

Canon Rock

His most famous work, "", became an internet sensation after South Korean guitarist Jeong-Hyun Lim performed a cover version in 2005. The song has garnered much media attention; his rendition has been featured on newspapers, blogs, television shows and radios worldwide. The video can be seen and downloaded on his official website, along with his many other musical endeavors.

Chang was featured in the profiles section of the January 2007 issue of ''Guitar World'' magazine, along with a tab transcription of "Canon Rock" in the featured songs sections.

At the height of its popularity, "Canon Rock" was one of the top 10 downloaded guitar s on the Ultimate Guitar Archive, and currently is one of the most viewed videos on the popular website YouTube.

Recording contract

Chang has signed a recording contract with Taiwanese label HIM International Music. Although no official announcement was made by HIM, the company began creating a website for Chang in 2007.

Kessier Hsu

Kessier Hsu is a Taiwanese composer and is the lead guitar of the power metal band .

Liang Tsai-Ping

Liang Tsai-Ping was a master of the ''guzheng'', a Chinese traditional zither. He is considered one of the 20th century's most important players and scholars of the instrument.

Early career

At age 14, Liang moved to Beijing, where he began his studies with Professors Ying-mei Shih and Tze-you Wei . After printing his first work, ''Ni Cheng Pu'' '''', a guzheng teaching manual in 1938, he brought his instruments and conferred with several masters and companies. He graduated from Beijing Jiaotong University, majoring in applied science.

He moved to Taiwan in 1949, where he lived for the rest of his life. He worked in the Ministry of Commerce while continuing his musical activities. Liang had much to do with the revival of the ''guzheng'' in the 20th century, helping to establish the instrument as one of the major Chinese traditional solo instruments, as well as a component of the Chinese orchestra. Throughout his life, he preferred the older steel string version of the instrument. For 25 years, he served as the president of the Chinese Classical Music Association, which was organized in Taipei in 1951.

In addition to performing on the ''guzheng'', he researched the instrument's history and repertoire, studying the playing of elder ''guzheng'' masters from various parts of China, learning and comparing their styles.

He also created new works for the instrument. In 1951, following the release of his first composition, ''Longing for an Old Friend'', he composed more than forty pieces for the ''guzheng''. His book, ''Music of the Cheng'', has been published in six editions.

International tours

Liang performed widely throughout the world. He first performed in India while on his way to the United States. While at Yale University in 1945-46, he introduced a performance on the "China Program" with the American writer Emily Hahn, on . A colorful sound film called ''Melody of Ancient China'' was produced for him by the Harmon Foundation in 1946. Under the sponsorship of Pearl S. Buck, Liang gave solo performances in several major U.S. cities.

He traveled to Japan in 1952, where he was greeted by the renowned player Michio Miyagi, and also traveled to Seoul, Korea, performing at Sarabul Art College and the The National Center for Korean Traditional Performing Arts.

Liang introduced the ''guzheng'' at the First Southeast Asia Music Conference in Manila, Philippines in 1955. He performed in ten European nations in 1958, participated in the International Music Symposium in Manila, and served as the Chief Delegate of the Republic of China in April 1966. Under the sponsorship of the Honolulu Academy of Arts, he performed and lectured on seven U.S. college campuses in May 1967.

For the Asia Society in New York, he directed the Shantung Music Ensemble in 50 recitals in the United States in the spring of 1972. Invited by the overseas Chinese Teachers Federation, Liang performed in Singapore and in four cities of Malaysia, Bangkok, and Hong Kong in 1973.

Invited by the Performing Arts Programs, Asia Society, Liang conducted a three-month recital and lecture tour to Japan, Canada, and the United States in the spring of 1974.


Among Liang's students was the composer Lou Harrison , who became the first American to become a proficient ''guzheng'' performer, and also a composer of idiomatic music for the instrument. In the 1960s, Harrison went on to form a trio which toured the United States playing traditional Chinese music, the first American group of its type.

Liang's son is the scholar and composer David Mingyue Liang.

Books by Liang Tsai-Ping

*Liang, Tsai-Ping . ''On Chinese Music''. Taipei, Taiwan.
*Liang, Tsai-Ping, ed. . ''Chinese Musical Instruments & Pictures''. Taipei, Taiwan: Chinese Classical Music Association.
*Liang, Tsai-Ping . ''Music of Cheng, Chinese 16-Stringed Zither''. : Chinese Classical Music Association.


*Liang, Tsai-Ping. ''Chinese Masterpieces for the Cheng''. LP. Lyrichord.
*''China's Instrumental Heritage''. CD. Lyrichord Discs. Recorded c. 1960.
*Liang, Tsai-ping. ''The Chinese Cheng: Ancient and Modern''. CD. Lyrichord Discs.

Lim Giong

Lim Giong is a musician, artist, DJ, composer, songwriter, music producer, music director and also an actor.
Now, he is a leading figure on the Taiwanese experimental electronic music scene.

His musical career began with the release of his 1st album, "Marching Forward" in 1990.
In his early days, he gave rousing performances of folk-pop music in Taiwan such as "A Soundless Place" from the . He was associated with the genre known as New Taiwanese Song. Then, from his 3rd album "Entertainment World" recorded in England in 1993, his compositions become increasingly infused with electronic music, evolving even from drum and bass, break beat, and electronica, to more and work.

He introduces Taiwanese notes into pop-rock culture, and weaves complex musical fabrics.
In his works, the tradition meets the modernity, which creates the world of his own.
He arranges the traditional music with the electronic flavour quite successfully in his 4th album "China Fun" in 2002, and 5th album "Folk Paradise" in 2003.

And since he studied acting and appeared in some movies as an actor, stimulated by the world of cinema, he became the favorite composer of Hou Hsiao-Hsien , for whom he wrote the music of Goodbye South, Goodbye and Millennium Mambo.

From the experience in the world of cinema, he has his original perspective in the interaction of the sound and the image. He tried to exceed the genre of music in his work, which is developed in the form "Stereo Picture" that aims at uniting the sound and the image.

His latest album “Insects Awaken" was released in 2005 in Europe on a French label, MK2., and a few months later, also released in Taiwan on a Taiwanese label, This album won the best crossover album of the 17th Golden Melody Awards in 2006.

In 2005, theCannes Film Festival invited him to perform at an outdoor event. There he performed music from "Insects Awaken", with the images which include the elements of the National Palace Museum's collection.

He also produces the music for the special 90 seconds commercial film of National Palace Museum that celebrates its 80th anniversary in October, 2005. The concept of this film, "OLD IS NEW" coincides with his detached stance. And this special commercial film won the gold of the American Association of Museums' 2006 Muse award.

And now he is participating in the activity of the Creative Commons in Taiwan, and undertakes the responsibility of the CC Party.

At the end of March 2007, he signed on with Modern Sky Entertainment Co., Ltd, which is home to the largest independent record label "Modern Sky" in China. Under the contract to Modern Sky Entertainment Co., Lt., he will widen his sphere of activity both at home and abroad.


*Marching Forward:向前走
*Spring Breeze Young Bro.:春風少年兄
*Entertainment World:娛樂世界
* The Best of Linchung:2001向前走林強
* China Fun:歡樂電子中國年
* Folk Paradise:電民謠
* Insects Awaken
* Jia Zhang-Ke Movie Music Collection - Music by Lim Giong 賈樟柯電影音樂作品集


*''Dust of Angels'': 天幻城市
directed by Hsu Hsiao Ming , and Hou Hsiao-Hsien is credited as an executive producer
*''Treasure Island'': 只要為你活一天
directed by Chen Kuo-Fu , and Hou Hsiao-Hsien is credited as an executive producer
*''The Puppetmaster'': 戲夢人生
directed by Hou Hsiao-Hsien
*''Good Men, Good Women'': 好男好女
directed by Hou Hsiao-Hsien
*''Goodbye South, Goodbye'': 南國再見,南國
directed by Hou Hsiao-Hsien
*''March of Happiness'': 天馬茶房
directed by Lin Cheng-Sheng
*''So-Called Friend'': 哥兒們
directed by Dai Tailung.Lian Jinhua

* ''Goodbye South, Goodbye'': 南國再見,南國 directed by Hou Hsiao-Hsien
* ''Millennium Mambo'': 千禧曼波 directed by Hou Hsiao-Hsien
* ''Two Summers'': 兩個夏天 directed by Leon Dai Liren
* '''' :世界 directed by Jia Zhangke
* '''': 愛麗絲的鏡子 directed by Yao Hung-I
* ''Quiet Summer'': 寧静夏日 directed by Shuhei Fujita
* ''Three Times'': 最好的時光 directed by Hou Hsiao-Hsien
* '''': 一年之初 directed by Cheng Yu-chieh
* '''':三峡好人 directed by Jia Zhangke
* '''': 東 directed by Jia Zhangke
* ''Ten Years'': 我們的十年 directed by Jia Zhangke
* ''Useless'': 無用 directed by Jia Zhangke
* ''24 City'': 二十四城记 directed by Jia Zhangke

* directed by Liang Yin Kuo, Shuhei Fujita

Award Wins

Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival

*Best Original Film Song 1996: Goodbye South, Goodbye

*Best Original Film Score 2001: Millennium Mambo

*Best Original Film Score 2006: Do Over

American Association of Museums' Muse awards
* The Gold Winner of the Promotional and Marketing 2006: "Old is New"

The Golden Melody Awards
*Best Crossover Album 2006: "Insects Awaken"

MC HotDog

MC HotDog
is a Taiwanese known for his use of explicit lyrics in his songs. Some consider his music to present a gritty, realistic picture of life, while others claim that it is not suitable for younger audiences. He is known for his two famous hits - 我的生活 and 韓流來襲 .

In 2001, his four mini-CDs sold over 220,000 copies. In 2004, he toured with Chang Chen-yue in the North American Kill Kitty tour. In 2006, MC HotDog released a new album "Wake Up," which contains a popular hit 我愛台妹 , sampling the main melody from Glenn Frey's 1982 hit, "The One You Love". "Wake Up" was both a critically acclaimed album as well as a commercial success, as it provided MC HotDog with crossover appeal.

Ming Freeman

Ming Freeman, born in Taiwan, of Chinese and Canadian descent, is a multi-keyboardist and pianist, musical director, composer and producer who has toured or recorded with artists such as Joni Mitchell, Yanni, Chuck Negron, Jeffrey Osborne, Paula Abdul, Sheena Easton, Gladys Knight, Jean Carne and Michael Henderson.

He draws from many sources, particularly jazz, funk, R&B, , and his own healing music, which he refers to as "Resonant Healing Music". He is engaged in a project that he believes will help to bring peace and harmony to the planet by devising a method called synchronised prayer.

Ming is originally from Asia. His musical career began early, performing in Night Clubs, Local Concerts and Television at the age of eleven years old. He is a World-renowned pianist and multi-keyboardist who is at home in virtually any musical style. His own music is a combination of many elements from Jazz, R&B, Classical, Rock Folk, New Age, World music and his own Resonant Healing Music which is used in many healing and therapeutic modalities Worldwide. His latest jazz release "Angularity" can be found on many popular sites for digital purchase and download. Currently he is working with Jeffrey Osborne and Yanni. His stage, television, film and recording credits include Paula Abdul, Gladys Knight, Joni Mitchell, Yanni, Jeffrey Osborne, Sheena Easton, Jean Carne, Angela Bofil, Billy Paul, Renee and Angela, Bobby Lyle, Michael Henderson, Ronnie Laws, The Agape International Choir, Rickie Byars, to name a few.

Ming is a featured keyboard soloist in many of Yanni’s DVDs such as “Tribute” filmed in India and China, “Yanni Live at the Royal Albert Hall in London”, “Yanni, The Live Concert Event".

Moulann Chang

Moulann Chang is a Toronto-based, Chinese Canadian singer-songwriter and pianist. She is a highly recognized independent artist in the Asian Canadian community, having been featured in several cultural events and media outlets.


* Education: York University, Toronto


* ''1994 Canadian Music Competition''
* ''1996 Toronto Symphony Piano Competition'' - ''Senior Solos''
* ''2005 Chinese Canadian Culture Project'' - Emerging Talent Showcase
* ''Spirals and Mazes'', 2006

Quinn Weng

Quinn Weng is a mezzo-soprano singer and is the lead vocalist of the power metal band .

Seraphim (band)

Seraphim is a Taiwanese /Power metal band.


Formed in 2001 in the City of Taipei, Taiwan, they recorded their first song "Love Hate" for a demo weeks later, gaining notice and eventually a contract from Magnum Music in April. Within a month they recorded their first album The Soul That Never Dies , which was released in August.

Following the album's release they did a few shows to help promote it, and by November they started writing new material for a second album. In January 2002 they were invited to perform at the Kung-Ming music festival in China. Soon afterwards they began recording the second album, The Equal Spirit . Their debut album also gained a European release through the independent label Arise.

The second album was released in Taiwan on the 10th of September 2002.

After doing one shows to promote the album guitarist Dan Chang left the band, and was replaced by Lucas Huang in December. An version of The Equal Spirit was released on January 2003, and after a European release they participated in Taiwan's Midsummer Night Tour later that year. They released the Chinese Edition of Ai , their third album, by February.

Quinn Weng replaced Vocalist Pay Lee on March 14th, 2004. By that time they were invited to several more festivals for the summer for their first world tour, including Savage Metal Fest in Russia, Dong open air in Germany, Metal Kingdom in Japan, Asian Rock Festival in Seoul, South Korea, and others around Taiwan & China. On July 2nd they released Ai in Europe.

By June 2005 they had new drummer Van Shaw, and performed with a popular German Power metal band Edguy in Taipei & Hong Kong by March 2006. At the same year, Quinn Weng was Featured as a guest on Beto Vázquez Infinity's Flying Towards the New Horizon album. By August 2007, they spread their second world tour in whole Europe.

They plan to release their fourth album, Rising . It will be the first to feature vocalist Quinn Weng.


Current members

*Quinn Weng - Vocals
*Kessier Hsu - Guitar
*Van Shaw - Drums
*Mars Liu - Bass
*Thiago Trinsi - Guitar

Former Members

*Pay Lee - Vocals
*Jax Yeh - Bass/Vocals
*Lucas Huang - Guitar
*Dan Chang - Guitar
*Simon Lin - Drums
*Howe Chen - Guitar
*Minco Lu - Bass





Su Sen-yong

Sen-Yong Su/Su Sen-Yong was a prominent music educator at the Hsinchu Senior High School, in Taiwan. He was born in Taipei, Taiwan, and spent his adolescent years in the city of Zhangzhou, in China's Fujian province, where he attended the Longxi middle and high schools.

At the age of 19, at the outbreak of the war against Japan, Sen-Yong moved to Yongding county in Fujian, where he was a teacher of arts, music and gymnastics at the Yongding Provincial Middle School. A year later he attended the National Fujian Academy of Music, majoring in vocal music.

In 1946, Sen-Yong was appointed as music teacher at the Hsinchu Junior High School. Sen-Yong's music was selected to become the official school song, accompanying lyrics written by school principal Hsin Chih-Ping . In the 1960s and early 70s Sen-Yong led the Hsinchu School Choir to many repeated championships of the province-wide chorus competitions, and also directed the Taipei Women's Normal High School Choir. He retired in 1973 from Hsinchu Senior High School.

After spending several years residing in Brazil, Sen-Yong returned to Taiwan where he continued to be active in the music world as the conductor of the Industrial Technology Research Institute Chorus and the Hsinchu Science Park Chorus, and also being honored for his musical contributions through concerts and compilations of his chorus compositions.

Sen-Yong was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. He died at the age of 88.

Musical Compositions

Most of Sen-Yong's compositions were written for the choruses that he conducted over the years. But he has also composed for the piano and for a string quartet.

In 1967, under the influence of Professor De-Yi Liu , german composer Paul Hindemith, and the traditional chinese five-notes scale, Sen-Yong was able to create a more distinctive and modern style.

Here is a list of his choral arrangements and compositions:

新中國的空軍, 龍崗頌 , 遙寄個思念

新竹中學校歌,野玫瑰 ,菩提樹 ,花,農村曲 ,故鄉 ,大江東去 ,踏雪尋梅,上山 ,拉縴行,東山四季、採茶歌、魔王,

青春舞曲 , 謊歌 , 春曉 , 只要你早回家 , 愁 , 日月潭 , 谷關之夜, 西湖秋泛, 征曲, 彎彎的垂柳青青的山

天使報信 , 白牡丹 , 滿山春色 , 園丁頌, 月舞曲, 新竹市讚歌 ,牧童情歌, 合唱頌

感恩道歌, 良心光明真是好, 慈母常在我心, 父親吶父親, 大自然頌

Tyzen Hsiao

Tyzen Hsiao is a Taiwanese composer of the neo-Romantic school. Many of his vocal works set poems written in , the mother tongue of the majority of the island's residents. His compositions stand as a musical manifestation of the Taiwanese literature movement that revitalized the island's literary and performing arts in the 1970s and 1980s.


Tyzen Hsiao's rich tonal style has earned him an international reputation as "Taiwan's ." His compositions include works for solo instruments and chamber ensembles, many works for solo voice, and large-scale pieces for orchestras and choirs with soloists.

Hsiao's most widely performed large-scale pieces include:
*''Formosa Symphony'', opus 49
*Violin Concerto in D, opus 50
*Cello Concerto in C, opus 52
*Piano Concerto in C minor, opus 53
*''1947 Overture'' for soprano, chorus and orchestra
*''Ode to Yu-Shan ''
*''Ilha Formosa: Requiem for the Formosan Martyrs''

Hsiao's art songs are often performed in Taiwan and many have achieved popular status. "Taiwan the Formosa" is regarded by many as the island's true national anthem. Hsiao used the song again to conclude his ''1947 Overture''. Other well-known art songs include "The Fairest Flower", "Eternal Hometown", a setting of Psalm 23 in Taiwanese, and "I Love Taiwan." He has also won acclaim for his folk song settings, such as "Brother Andon Goes to Market" and "The Grasshopper and the Rooster." Many of Hsiao's songs also exist in orchestral song versions.

Hsiao credits Rachmaninov, and Frédéric Chopin as important influences on his style, along with Presbyterian hymnody and, above all, . His songs combine the seemingly artless elements of folk song with romantic melodies and lush harmonies reminiscent of .

Hsiao's fusion of Taiwanese and international music traditions has influenced a number of younger composers, many of whom he has trained through teaching positions at the National Taiwan Normal University, the Tainan Women's College of Arts and Technology , and the Tainan Theological College. His music has been the subject of graduate research at the National Sun Yat-sen University in his hometown of Kaohsiung, the Florida State University in Tallahassee , and other institutions.

Life and career

Tyzen Hsiao was born in Taiwan's southern port city of . His father, a physician, served as a . His mother, a church pianist, began teaching him piano at an early age. As an adult Hsiao's career has encompassed composition, piano performance, and conducting.

*1959-1963 Majors in music at the National Taiwan Normal University. Teachers include Hsu Tsang-Houei , Kao Tsu-Mei and Li Fu-Mei .
*1963 Graduates from NTNU, begins performing and teaching.
*1965-1967 Studies at Musashino Music University in Japan. Teachers include Fujimoto Hideo and Nakane Nobue .
*1967 Appointed to faculty at National Taiwan Normal University.
*1971 Composes opera ''Jesus Christ'' on a libretto by his father.
*1974 Composes ''Fantasy Waltz for Two Pianos'', opus 38.
*1975 First "Hsiao Tyzen Night" at Jhongshan Hall, Hsimen in Taipei.

In 1977 personal and political circumstances led Hsiao to relocate to the United States. It was to be an eighteen-year stay.

*1977 Moves from Taiwan to Atlanta.
*1978 Composes ''The Vagabond'', setting his own Taiwanese text. Moves to Los Angeles. Begins fruitful musical collaborations with Taiwanese community.
*1980 Composes "March of Democracy", an art song that leads to his being forbidden to re-enter Taiwan by the Kuomintang government.
*1984 Composes art song "What a Beautiful Taiwan"
*1985 Composes ''The Highlander's Suite for Piano Quintet''
*1985-1987 Earns master's in composition at California State University, Los Angeles. Teachers include Byong Kon Kim and Milton Stern .
*1987 Composes ''Symphony Op. 49 Formosa''. Composes "Never Disregard Taiwan" . North American Taiwanese Professors Association releases recording ''Psalms of the Taiwanese: Tyzen Hsiao’s Compositions''.
*1988 Composes Violin Concerto in D, opus 50. Composes hymn "Taiwan the Formosa" . Violinist Ingrid Chun was the first to promote this piece in concerts throughout the USA with pianist Melody Kuo.
*1989 Named Humanity Award Laureate by Taiwanese-American Foundation
*1990 Composes Cello Concerto in C, opus 52, ''The Prelude for Pipe Organ'', and song "Mother's Hair."
*1991 ''Prelude for Pipe Organ'' wins first prize, California Music Teachers Association Composition Competition.
*1992 Ban lifted on Hsiao's return to Taiwan. Completes Piano Concerto in C minor, opus 53. Composes songs "The Fairest Flower" and "Eternal Homeland." Premier of Violin Concerto by Lin Cho-Liang and San Diego Symphony Orchestra . Premier of Cello Concerto by Carol Ou and the Taipei County Cultural Center Orchestra .
*1993 Struck by heart attack while composing ''1947 Overture''; recovers and completes the work.
*1994 Premier of piano concerto by Jonathan Tang with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in Canada.

Hsiao returned to Taiwan in 1995. He was part of a wave of Taiwanese abroad who relocated to the island in response to the democratic reforms of the 1990s.

*1995 Composes ''Nocturne for Violin and Piano'', ''Fantasia for Flute and Piano'', and ''Toccata'' for solo piano. American premier of Cello Concerto by Felix Fan and the San Diego Symphony. Premier of ''1947 Overture'' by the Oakland Youth Orchestra with soprano Huang Mei-Hsing and Taiwanese-American choir.
*1996 Composes ''Formosa Trio'' for piano trio and ''Dragon Boat Festival'' for solo piano.
*1997 Tyzen Hsiao Music Association forms in Taiwan.
*1999 Composes ''The Angel of Formosa'' and ''Ode to Yu-Shan '' . Premier of ''Formosa Symphony'' by Russian Federal Symphony and ''The Angel of Formosa'' by Moscow Symphony in Moscow. Russian premier of violin concerto.
*2000 Composes cantata ''The Prodigal Son''. Performance of ''Ode to Yu-Shan '' presented as part of in Taipei. Russian premier of Cello Concerto and ''1947 Overture''; program includes Violin Concerto.
*2001 Premier of ''Ilha Formosa: Requiem for the Formosan Martyrs'' in Taipei. American premier takes place soon after in Lincoln Center, New York.
*2002 Suffers stroke while composing ''Love River Symphony''.

Hsiao's stroke in 2002 led him to relocate to Los Angeles for recovery. He suspended most of his composition activities. His ''Love River Symphony'' remains unfinished.

*2004 Awarded Taiwan's National Art Prize. Japanese premier of ''Ilha Formosa!''
*2005 Receives Wu Sam-lien Musical Contribution Award
*2006 Awarded Kaohsiung City Prize for the Arts
*2007 ''Formosa Dreaming'', a concert of major works for orchestra and voices by Hsiao and Fan-Long Ko, tours the United States after a sendoff concert in Taipei's Jhongshan Hall. The concert features the Symphony orchestra, the Formosa Festival Choir, and four vocal soloists from Taiwan conducted by Apo Hsu.


*''Tyzen Hsiao Orchestral Music'' , a two-disk set by Vakhtang Jordania and Russian Federal Orchestra with Moscow State Chorus. Includes ''Formosa Symphony'', Violin Concerto , Cello Concerto , Piano Concerto , tone poem ''The Angel of Formosa'', and ''1947 Overture''. Angelok 9912/13
*''Tyzen Hsiao Chamber Music.'' 1 CD issued by Tyzen Hsiao Music Association . Includes piano trio "The Formosa" and string quartet "Homeland st Dusk" with art songs and works for solo violin. Soprano: Chiong-Jong Lu. 1 Violin and Soloist: Shien-Ta Su. 2 Violin: Yu-Yuan Chen. Viola: Chan-Hang Ho. Cello: Su-Chu Tseng. Piano: Lina Yeh, Tyzen Hsiao.
*''Taiwan Affection, Tyzen Heart: Tyzen Hsiao Works for Solo Violin and Piano''. 1 CD. Issued by Tyzen Hsiao Music Association . Violin: Shien-Ta Su. Piano: Lina Yeh. Winner of Best Composer and Album of the Year prizes at the Taiwanese Golden Song Awards.
*''Tyzen Hsiao Works for Solo Voice and Piano''. 2 CDs issued by Tyzen Hsiao Music Association . Soprano: Li-Chan Chen. Piano: Tyzen Hsiao.
*''Tyzen Hsiao Choral Music'' 2 CDs issued by Tyzen Hsiao Music Association .
*''Psalms of the Taiwanese: Tyzen Hsiao’s Compositions'' . North American Taiwanese Professors Association.


The pronunciation of the composer's given name approximates the English words ''tie-run''. The family name ''Hsiao'' rhymes with the English word ''how''.