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Yu-Hui Chang

Boston, MA      

Award-winning composer Yu-Hui Chang has written a wide range of music that compels and resonates with professional musicians and audiences alike. Her music is characterized by energy, precision, ingenious effects, and vibrant colors – all in the pursuit of a deep connection with humanity. She strives to break through cultural and stylistic boundaries, and to take an inclusive view of musical diversity. This attitude is manifested in the multifaceted quality of her compositional output, and the stylistic fluidity in her writing.

She is the recipient of two awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University, and commissions from the Fromm Music Foundation, Koussevitzky Music Foundation, Barlow Endowment for Music Composition, the Walter W. Naumburg Foundation, and Meet The Composer (now New Music USA). Additional honors include the Aaron Copland Award, Yoshiro Irino Memorial Prize, and the Council for Cultural Affairs of the Executive Yuan (Taiwanese government agency, now Ministry of Culture.)

Performances of Yu-Hui’s compositions have taken places across continents in the Netherlands, Italy, UK, Denmark, New Zealand, Australia, China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and throughout the U.S. to critical acclaim by musicians and organizations such as the National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan, Taipei Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra, Nieuw Ensemble, NZTrio, and Alexander String Quartet. Among the numerous commissions she has received include those from the BMOP, Taipei Symphony Orchestra Chorus, Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, Earplay, Volti, Boston Musica Viva, ECCE, Ju Percussion Group, Monadnock Music Festival, Arts Council Korea, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, National Theater & Concert Hall of Taiwan, and many individual musicians.

Yu-Hui has thrice been invited by Mario Davidovsky to be the Guest Composer at the Composers Conference. She was the guest composer at the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival in 2016, and twice featured in the Maurice Abravanel Visiting Distinguished Composer series at University of Utah. Her music has also been featured in the Asian Contemporary Music Festival in Seoul, Asian Music Festival in Tokyo, Innovation Series in Taipei, the Pacific Rim Music Festival at UC Santa Cruz, and the Festival of New American Music at California State University – Sacramento. In March 2006, Works and Process at the New York Guggenheim Museum presented three of her works, highlighting Yu-Hui as a new talent of the younger generation.

A native of Taiwan, Yu-Hui began her intensive music training in piano, voice, and music theory at the age of six, and started seriously pursuing composition as a career at the age of fourteen. Following her graduation from the National Taiwan Normal University, she came to the United States in 1994 and received her graduate degrees from Boston University (M.M.) and Brandeis University (Ph.D.). After teaching at UC Davis for seven years, Yu-Hui moved back to the east coast and joined the Brandeis composition faculty in 2006.

Yu-Hui’s music may be found in CDs released by labels including Innova, Ravello, Azica, Centaur, and MSR Classics. She also appears as a conductor in composer Ross Bauer’s CD “Ritual Fragments” (Albany) and as a pianist in a CD titled “Tribute to Chou Wen-chung” (Albany). As an exponent of contemporary music performance, Yu-Hui previously served as a co-artistic director of Empyrean Ensemble and Dinosaur Annex Music Ensemble. Collectively she curated more than seventy concerts.

Incredulous (2018) – for alto flute, bass clarinet, horn, violin, viola, cello, double bass, piano, and percussion

Performed by Ensemble Échappé, conducted by Jeffery Milarsky

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Pu Songling’s Bizarre Tales (2011) for erhu, pipa, yangqin, piccolo/alto flute, bass clarinet, and percussion (mvt. 2 of 5)

Commissioned by Meet The Composer | for Music from China

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At the Brink of the Chill (2009) mvt I – for piano quintet

Commissioned by the Koussevitzky Music Foundation and the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble
Instrumentation: violin, viola, cello, double bass, and piano

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