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DiverseCity Musician: Shih-Hui Chen

A look at Taiwanese composer Shih-Hui Chen and her exploration of her heritage through music.


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Shih-Hui Chen
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Shih-Hui Chen

Shih-Hui Chen came to the United States in the early 1980s. Before then, she developed a solid foundation of music education in her home country of Taiwan, and had to relocate to further pursue that endeavor.

In this DiverseCity profile, we explore Shih-Hui's re-connection with the music of her homeland, how she helps others connect with their own heritage, and how her experiences have shaped her work as a composer.

Music featured in this segment:

  • Fantasia on the Theme of Plum Blossom – III. Plum Blossom
    • Jun Qian, clarinet
    • Kent McWilliams, piano (Albany Records)
  • Returning Souls
    • Formosa Quartet
  • 66 Times – the Voice of Pines and Cedars – I.
    • Boston Modern Orchestra Project
    • Elizabeth Weigle, soprano
    • Gil Rose, conductor (Albany Records)
  • A Plea to Chang'e
    • Loop 38 Ensemble
    • Mei-Hui Yeh, pipa
    • Jerry Hou, conductor
  • Shui – II.
    • The Fischer Duo (Albany Records)
  • Twice Removed
    • Min-ho Yeh, clarinet

Shih-Hui Chen will be part of a panel at the Asia Society tonight at 7 PM: Representation and 21st Century Responsibilities in the Performing Arts.

You can also hear her music live at an upcoming concert on Sunday, April 9th at Rice University's Wortham Opera Theatre, alongside music from other Rice University composers.

Joshua Zinn

Joshua Zinn

Producer, Houston Matters

Joshua is a producer for Houston Matters on News 88.7 as well as the host of Encore Houston on Houston Public Media Classical. He joined Houston Public Media as a radio intern in 2014 and became a full-time announcer the following year. Now he prepares segments and occasionally records interviews...

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