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Tyzen Hsiao commemorative exhibition to be held in U.S.

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Tyzen Hsiao commemorative exhibition to be held in U.S.

Los Angeles, Sept. 24 (CNA) The Taiwan Academy Los Angeles and the Tyzen Hsiao Music Foundation (????????) will co-sponsor an exhibition next month in memory of the late Taiwanese composer Tyzen Hsiao (1938-2015). The exhibition will open Oct. 3 with a performance of Hsiao's most famous works by the Harmonium Trio of Pasadena and an introduction of Hsiao's music by Milton Stern, one of the composer's teachers at California State University, L.A., where he studied for a master's degree 1985-1987. A composer of the neo-Romantic school, Hsiao won international acclaim for his Taiwanese folk song elements and his rich tonal style, which earned him an international reputation as "Taiwan's Rachmaninoff." Among Hsiao's compositions that appear frequently on the programs of concerts featuring Taiwanese composers are Ode to Yu Shan (Jade Mountain); Formosa Symphony, opus 49; 1947 Overture for soprano, chorus and orchestra; Violin Concerto in D, opus 50; Cello Concerto in C, opus 52 ; and Piano Concerto in C minor, opus 53. Born in Kaohsiung in southern Taiwan in 1938, Hsiao was a music major at National Taiwan Normal University (then called Taiwan Provincial Normal Institute) from 1959 to 1963. He studied at Musashino University of Music in Tokyo 1965-1967, majoring in composition and piano. In 1977, Hsiao and his family resettled in the United States and over the next 18 years, he composed some of his most famous pieces for solo instruments, chamber ensembles, and orchestras. Hsiao returned to Taiwan in 1995. His famous 1947 Overture was composed and premiered in 1995, and Ode to Yu Shan in 1999. After suffering a stroke in 2002, Hsiao moved back to Los Angeles. He died there on Feb. 25 at the age of 77. (By H.C.Wu and Lillian Lin)


Updated : 2021-04-18 02:45 GMT+08:00