Chen's work in concert
Date: October 22, 1999
Place: Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, New York
1999 Rome Prize recipient Shih Hui Chen will present an
entire concert of her work at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall on October 22nd,
1999 at 8
PM. The concert is sponsored by the Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts, the Formosa Chamber Music Society and the Fromm Foundation at Harvard
The program will include Fu I (for solo pipa), String Quartet no. 3, 66 Times (for soprano and chamber ensemble), Violin Sonata (for solo violin)
and Fu II (for pipa and chamber ensemble). The concert will be featuring renown performers such as pipa soloist Wu Man, Elizabeth Granados, the
Meridian String Quartet, as well as members of the Boston Modern Orchestra Project conducting by Gil Rose.
Shih-Hui Chen, composer, has received significant recognition as a young emerging composer in recent years. Her String Quartet No. 3, recently
premiered by the Arditti Quartet at the Tanglewood Music Festival, was praised by The Boston Globe as having "... a sureness of step and gentleness
of spirit that are very winning." In a review of Here, after There, the Globe also states that Chen's work demonstrates "... impressive things about
the composer's technique and taste..." While describing the musical language of 66 Times, a song cycle performed no less than 10 times worldwide, the
Cleveland Plain Dealer finds a sensitive text setting which "... abounds in arching vocal lines, harmony that sits on the precipice of tonality, and
richly hued atmospheres that depict the various seasons." This work has also been analyzed by German ethnomusicologist Barbara Mittler for the Asian Music
Journal CHIME, who is preparing an upcoming entry about Ms. Chen in the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians.
Born in Taipei, Taiwan (1962), Shih- Hui Chen came to the United States in 1982. Since receiving her doctoral degree in music composition from Boston
University, there have been numerous performances of her works. These include performances by the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, the Philadelphia and
Cleveland Symphony Orchestras for their educational programs, Voices of Change in Dallas, and the Empyrean Ensemble in California. Also frequently
appearing on programs abroad, her music has been played in Taiwan, Korea, Japan, Germany, and at the International Composers Conference in Amsterdam
sponsored by the Gaudeamus Foundation. As a recipient of fellowships, Ms. Chen has been awarded grants from the Fromm Foundation, the National
Endowment for the Arts, Meet the Composer Foundation, the Tanglewood Music Center, the Massachusetts Culural Council, ASCAP, and the Mary Ingraham
Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College.
Upcoming performances include 66 Times at the 25th Anniversary Concert of the Cleveland Chamber Symphony (Oct. '99), a recital in Rome (Feb. '00), Fu II
with the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble (April, '00, Pittsburg), and a commission from Earplay for their 15th anniversary and Duo Asiatica (April
'00, San Francisco and Connecticut). She is also composing music for a documentary film project with filmmaker, Julie Wang-Malozzi entitled "Once
Removed" to be released in October. '99.