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Presidential citation issued for late composer Tyzen Hsia

Presidential citation issued for late composer Tyzen Hsia

Taipei, March 15 (CNA) A presidential citation was awarded posthumously to late Taiwanese composer Tyzen Hsiao (???) on Saturday in Los Angeles to recognize his contributions to Taiwan's music scene. Steve Hsia (???), director-general of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Los Angeles, presented the citation to Hsiao's family on behalf of President Ma Ying-jeou at a memorial service for Hsiao. Hsiao was praised in the citation for his "rich" and "diverse" music pieces that blend techniques from Western Classical, Romantic, Impressionist and Modern music with Taiwanese music styles. The late composer was also touted for his dedication to music education and for his humble personality. To remember Hsiao, local musicians will play several of his well-known pieces at a memorial concert at the National Concert Hall on April 5, according to the Ministry of Culture. Hsiao died at the age of 77 at his home in Los Angeles on Feb. 24. Dubbed "Taiwan's Rachmaninoff," Hsiao studied music at National Taiwan Normal University and at Japan's Musashino Music University before relocating to the United States in 1977. He is known for his fusion of Taiwanese and international music traditions and had composed a number of works for solo instruments, chamber ensembles, solo voices, orchestras and choirs, with many of his vocal works set to poems written in Taiwanese Hokkien. He was a recipient of prestigious awards, including the National Award for Arts, the National Cultural Award and the Golden Melody Awards. (By Sabine Cheng and Christie Chen)


Updated : 2021-09-24 17:53 GMT+08:00