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date: 22 August 2019

Pan Shiji [Chew Shyh-Ji]locked

  • Barbara Mittler

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[Chew Shyh-Ji]

(b Taipei, July 29, 1957). Taiwanese composer and teacher. She studied composition with Hsu Tsang-houei and took piano lessons before her family emigrated to Canada in 1974. Pan pursued further composition studies with Robert Turner at the University of Manitoba (1976–80) and with Chou Wen-chung at Columbia University, New York (1980–88). Her interest and expertise in traditional Asian music, stemming from her contact with Chou's music and her work at the Columbia Center for Ethnomusicology, distinguishes her from her contemporaries in Taiwan, where training in ethnomusicology is rare. After her return to Taiwan in 1988, Pan became a professor of composition at the National Academy of the Arts. Asian influence is evident in many of her compositions, for example in her use of Chinese instruments in the series Configuration – Transformation – Shape or of Asian poetry in Paiju sanshou (1991) and Three Songs...

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