Short Bio

Ssu-Yu Huang, a native of Taiwan, enjoys an active career in contemporary music. Her compositions ¡V covering a wide range of music with bold and delicate genre ¡V are performed by professional musicians and orchestras in Argentina, Canada, Chile, China, Germany, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United States, UK, and Venezuela. German conductor maestro Günther Herbig praised her orchestral work of ¡§a modern and complex style, presenting her own characters and creativity.¡¨ She has received awards and honors including the first Call For Score of the National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan in 2010 (winner), the 2013 IBLA Grand Prize (Most Distinguished Award), the 2015 American Prize (semi-finalist in composition-chamber music). the 2016 Maurice Ravel International Composition Competition). During 1997-2000, she was commissioned by Kazuhito Yamashita to compose many pieces for solo classical guitar including the "Grand Music of Tang," a suite of 24 pieces inspired by poems from the Tang Dynasty of China. Her compositions have been published globally through companies such as Mahin Media (USA), Mark Custom Recording (USA), and Ablaze (Australia). Her wind ensemble scores have been published by Golden Hearts (Japan). In recent years, Huang's works have been increasingly performed throughout European, Asian, and American continents.

Reviews

  • "Ssu-Yu Huang advances her music idea through colors generated by instrumentation, creating a dramatic feeling of presence in the actual scenes¡K Ssu-Yu Huang¡¦s composition has a coherent, succinct, and efficient style¡K The most exciting is the effective use of percussions. No matter they are drums, cymbals, or wood blocks, the insertions are always surprising but just right; they are not for pleasing the audience, created not just for the sake of creation; their appearance fits tightly with what the music demands.¡¨ from the critics on "Red Cliffs" by Yun-Lin Chen, writer and radio hostess, Taiwan, 2007.
  • "Her works rotating conversion into the smart timbre go hand-in-hand with the performers¡¦ harsh demand. The Pentatonic scales musical elements carry the lament-like melancholy¡K " Nagaki Seiji, Music Critic of Japanese newspaper Asahi, 2000 .
  • " ¡K  a young composer to be so talented and popular. Her intelligent and talented works have come out one after another. Like many other great composers, she always completes every music work at astonishing promptness ¡K " Kazuhito Yamashita, Japanese classical guitarist, 1999.
  • "I have been astonish by her dynamic guitar solo works and diverse thoughts and sentiments, especially her trio works for guitar, violin and double-bass featured promptness and vitality ¡K " Keiko Fujiie, Japanese composer, 1999.

Biography

Ssu-Yu Huang, a native of Taiwan, enjoys an active career in contemporary music. She has received awards and honors including semi-finalist in the International Composition Competition ¡§Maurice Ravel¡¨ in 2016, semi-finalist in The American Prize ERNST BACON MEMORIAL Award in 2016, semi-finalist in the composition-chamber & band music professional division of The American Prize in 2015 & 2016, winner of the first "Call For Score" of the National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan in 2010, and Most Distinguished Award of the IBLA Grand Prize Competition in 2013. Her works, covering a wide range of music with bold and delicate genre, are popular among professional musicians and orchestras in Taiwan as well as other parts of the world. German conductor maestro Günther Herbig praised her orchestral work of a modern and complex style, presenting her own characters and creativity. In recent years, her works have proliferated and been performed in Europe, Asia and North and South America. During 1997 to 2000, she was commissioned by Kazuhito Yamashita to compose many pieces for solo guitar including the "Grand Music of Tang," a suite of 24 pieces inspired by poems from the Tang Dynasty. In 2016 ¡§Colorful Leaves¡¨ for guitar solo has been selected in the RCS Guitar Contemporary Music Project and Premiered by Marco Ramelli, Two piano solo pieces have been recorded by British concert pianist Martin Jones and distributed by Mahin Media in November, 2017. "Red Moon" for symphony has been selected and released by Ablaze Records for the fourth Orchestra Masters in spring, 2017. "Wind City Symphony Poem" and "Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto," for wind band were invited to perform in the International Band Festivals, with the latter performed in the 2011 World Band Festival, recorded and distributed by Mark Custom Recording. "A Dream of Red Mansions" and "A Stroke" were selected by the Asian Composers' League and performed in Yokohama, Japan and Manila, the Philippines, receiving high acclaim. "Meditation" for guitar solo was selected by Chilean guitarist Marcelo de la Puebla for a Puentes album.

Ssu-Yu was born in 1970, studied piano at the age of six. She began her study of composition in 1987, while she attended the Tainan Woman¡¦s College of Arts and Technology majoring in electronic organ and piano. In 1996 she graduated from the Chinese Culture University in Taipei. She studied composition and piano at the University of Melbourne, Australia in 1997. Since 2007, she has studied with Dr. Geoffrey Gibbs of University of Rhode Island and has taken private lessons with Barbara Kolb. She has composed over 90 original pieces and has arranged over 100 pieces to date. The majority of her works were either commissioned or invited by music groups and musicians including National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, Taiwan Navy Band, Taiwan Wind Ensemble, Hsinchu Wind Orchestra, Taoyuan Wind Orchestra, Yen Ensemble, Japanese guitarist Kazuhito Yamashita, Keishi Sumi, Japanese flute ensemble Marronier, Japanese 22nd Century Club, German Aranjuez Guitar Duo, Chilean Guitar Ensemble, Swedish Guitarist Rickard Svensson, Chilean guitarist Marcelo de la Puebla, Taiwanese guitarist Seiko Tsai, Danny Yeh, folk singer Cheng Yang Yin, flutist Sophia Lin, Tone-Melody Flute Ensemble, and so on. Ssu-Yu¡¦s works have been performed by internationally renounced musicians and orchestras in Argentina, China, Germany, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan, United States, Chile, and Venezuela.

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