Chen Shihui [Chen Shih-Hui]
- Barbara Mittler
(b Taipei, Sept 6, 1962). Taiwanese composer, active in the USA. She graduated from the National Academy of Arts in 1982 where she studied with Ma Shuilong and Hsu Tsang-houei among others. She continued her education in the USA at Northern Illinois University (MM 1985) and at Boston University (DMA 1993) with Earl Kim, Joyce McKeel, Marjorie Merrymann and Bernard Rands. A great number of her works, such as her first and second string quartets (1979, 1987), Water Ink (1988) and Moments (1995) are modernist paintings in sound that do not immediately betray her Chinese origin. Where she employs Chinese traditional techniques she does so with subtlety, but to great effect. Mime (1988) uses vocal and percussion techniques from Chinese opera, her childrens’ pieces Little Dragonflies (1996) make use of Taiwanese folk melodies, and the series ...