Born in Banciao, Taiwan, Chiayu is an active composer of contemporary
concert music. Chiayu has been interested in deriving inspirations from different
materials, such as poems, myths, and images.
Particularly, however, it is the combination of Chinese elements and western techniques that is a hallmark of her music. Chiayu’s music has been recognized with awards from the American
Academy of Arts and Letters, Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, Zodiac trio,
Kaleidoscopes and Elevate ensembles, the Copland House, IAWM, Suzanne and Lee
Ettelson Composer’s Awards, among others.
Her orchestral works have been performed by the London Sinfonietta, the Detroit, the San Francisco, the Spokane, the Toledo Symphony Orchestras, the Nashville Symphony, the American
Composers Orchestra, the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra and the National Symphony
Orchestra in Taiwan. Chamber works have appeared on programs of the Aspen
Music Festival Contemporary Ensemble, the Boston New Music Initiative,
Kaleidoscope, Ciompi Quartet, Left Coast Ensemble, Eighth Blackbird, and Prism
Currently an associate professor at UW-Eau Claire, Chiayu received her
Bachelor of Music from the Curtis Institute of Music, Master’s degree and Artist
Diploma from Yale University and Ph.D. at Duke University. She has also studied at
the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Chamber Music Conference and Composers’ Forum
of the East, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music,
the Aspen Music Festival, Fontainebleau Schools, among others.
Her teachers included Jennifer Higdon, David Loeb, Roberto Sierra, Ezra Laderman, Martin
Bresnick, Anthony Kelley, Scott Lindroth, and Stephen Jaffe.
More information on her music is available at http://www.chiayuhsu.com