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Ming-Hsiu Yen is an internationally-acclaimed composer and pianist.  Born in Taiwan, her compositions have been performed by such orchestras as the Minnesota Orchestra, Taiwan Philharmonic, YinQi Symphony Orchestra and Choir (Taiwan), University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra, Taipei National University of the Arts Symphony Orchestra, and by such ensembles as PRISM Quartet, Brave New Works, OSSIA, Music From China, New Music Project, and Society for Chromatic Arts, among others.  She is winner of the 22nd Asian Composers League Yoshiro Irino Memorial Prize and Heckscher Composition Prize, and awarded prizes from the League of Composers/ISCM-USA Competition, the governmental Literary and Artistic Creation Competition (Taiwan), and the Sun River Composition Competition (China).  She has received commissions from the Taiwan Philharmonic, Hanson Institute for American Music, New Sounds Music, Inc., New Music Project, Chinese Music Teachers Association of Northern California, Asian Trombone Seminar, and renowned performers. 

Her compositions have been frequently presented in music festivals, including 2014 Louisiana Bass Fest, 2013 Nong Project (Korea), 2013 International Alliance for Women in Music Annual Concert, Bass2012 Copenhagen, 2011 The Intimacy of Creativity (Hong Kong), 2011 Asian Composers League Conference, 2008 Minnesota Orchestra Composers Institute, 2007 Pacific Music Festival (Japan), 2006 Aspen Music Festival, 2004 Brevard Music Festival, SCI National Conference, Midwest Composers’ Symposium, and Indiana State University Contemporary Music Festival.  In addition, her music has been featured on Minnesota Public Radio, WQXR New York, and Radio Television Hong Kong, and has been released on the Albany Records, Innova Recordings, and Blue Griffin Recording labels and has been digitally-released on the Naxos Music Library. 

Actively performing as a soloist and chamber musician, Ms. Yen has premiered her own work and many new works of living composers and frequently performs in new music festivals.  She was awarded prizes from the 2009 Grieg Festival Young Artists Competition and the 2006 Young Artist Competition of the Ann Arbor Society for Musical Arts.  She is also a two-time winner of the University of Michigan Concerto Competition, performing concertos by Barber in 2004, Yen’s own concerto in 2005, and Corigliano in 2008 with the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra.  In 2012, she was invited by the Department of Piano of the Xinghai Conservatory of Music (China) to lecture and to perform her compositions.  In 2011, she was featured on the “Music with Friends” program of Radio Television Hong Kong Radio 4 and invited to give a recital of contemporary piano music at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

Ms. Yen is frequently invited to serve as adjudicator for various composition and piano competitions in USA, Hong Kong and Taiwan.  In addition to composing and performing, she has also served as Conductor/Music Director of the Taiwanese Choir in Ann Arbor and the Taiwanese Choral Society of Rochester, and as Music Director in Piano at the Michigan Taiwanese Organization.  In 2012, she was invited to conduct winning compositions in the concert of the Taiwan Music Institute International Composition Competition. 

Ms. Yen holds degrees from the University of Michigan (DMA in composition; MM in composition and in piano performance) and the Eastman School of Music (BM in composition and in piano performance, with a distinguished honor of Performer's Certificate).  At the University of Michigan, she was funded with full scholarship and was awarded the distinguished Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship during her final year.  Her primary composition teachers have included Bright Sheng, William Bolcom, Betsy Jolas, David Liptak, Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon, Christopher Rouse, Steven Stucky, and Gordon Shi-Wen Chin.  As a fellow of 2008 Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute, she worked with Aaron Jay Kernis.  She has also studied with Herbert Willi at the 2007 Pacific Music Festival, and with Sydney Hodkinson at the 2006 Aspen Music Festival and School.  Her piano teachers in USA have included Logan Skelton, Nelita True and Vincent Lenti.

Ms. Yen is currently Assistant Professor of Composition and Theory at the Taipei National University of the Arts in Taiwan. She has also served as Adjunct Associate Professor/Composer-in-Residence at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and taught music theory at the University of Michigan. (Website: www.minghsiuyen.com)