My work is influenced by Chinese pictogram characters, the very first few memories of my life, Buddhism, and dreams. By traveling through imagination, my body of works which constructed by pictographic movements of sound, seeks to arrive at the point where time and space doesn’t exist. During a humble process of evolving, my work gradually breaks through and expands the boundaries of music lead to become interactive, theatrical, physical and materialized.
Taiwanese composer Shiuan Chang’s compositions have been described as “a tapestry of extraordinary sound and idea; not word of painting or sound landscape, but rather a psychological meditation.” – by Malcolm Peyton, Professor of the New England Conservatory
Winner of the 2013 New England Conservatory Honor competition, 2015 Earplay Donald Aird Composition Competition, and 2016 Nief-Norf Composition Competition, Shiuan believes that music is the map of logical sound being performed lively during the specific time and space by both audiences and the performers. He views that the performance is birth; the following applause is death, and the performers’ acknowledge bow is reincarnation.
Shiuan Chang’s music have been performed nationally and internationally at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall (New York), Suntory Hall (Tokyo), Jordan Hall (Boston), Moscow Philharmonic Chamber Hall, Chicago Symphony Center, Taiwan National Concert Hall, Bartok Hall (Hungary), ODC theater (San Fransisco), Royaumont (Paris), Tenso Music Days in Belgium, Boston Early Music Festival, Innovation Series Taipei, and the Bartok festival. He has worked with The Taipei Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Civic Symphony Orchestra, Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble, Asasello Quartett, TANA Quartet, Mivos Quartet, Atlas Ensemble, Ensemble Multilaterale, Ensemble Musicatreize, Divertimento Ensemble, Earplay Ensemble, signal ensemble, Antico Moderno, Neue Vocalisten Stuttgart, Ekmeles Ensemble, Princeton Singers, Orkest de Ereprijs, and Alter Ego.
As an avid pianist, Shiuan has won the first prize Taipei City competition and second prize in the 2003 Taiwan national piano competitions (high school division). He enjoys working as a conductor, he has worked with Ensemble Remix, Divertimento Ensemble, Dedalo Ensemble, and Hai-Dao Ensemble. In addition, Shiuan is active in outreach programs. He has produced a full-length show to support the Genesis Social Welfare Foundation, and written documentary film score for the Children Are Us Foundation twenty-years anniversary documentary film.
For the upcoming commissions, he is writing a solo work for Percussionist Tom de Cock, Bass Clarinet and piano duo for Alain Billiard, and a piece for Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart. Shiuan studied with Malcolm Peyton at New England Conservatory for undergraduate. He has also studied with Stefano Gervasoni and Maestro Peter Eotvos.