June 2009

Durham, NC –  A native of Taiwan, Janet Jie-ru Chen holds B.A. and M.A. degrees from Taipei National University of the Arts, under the instruction of Dr. Shyhji Pan-Chew. Her compositions have been performed by groups, such as the Luxembourg Sinfonietta (Luxembourg), the Orchestre National de Lorraine (France), the Présence Contemporaine (France), the Kochi Ensemble (Japan), the Alarm Will Sound (USA), the Eighth Blackbird (USA) and the Banff Chamber Ensemble (Canada). Ms. Chen has won several prizes including ISCM-ACL Young Composers Awards, William Klenz Prize, Tzu-chi Artistic Scholarship, Shi-an Artistic Creation Prize on music, and the nomination for 2007 Taiwan President’s Awards for Young Creation. She has also received scholarships to attend international music festivals including the International Music Courses in Darmstadt (2008), the Composers Conference at Wellesley (2007), the International Gaudeamus Music Week (2005), the Acanthes Music Festival (2003, 2005) and the Banff Summer Arts Festival (2003).  She was selected as a representative of Taiwan for the 2007 and 2005 ACL Young Composers Awards. In 2004, she was selected as a member of “National Taiwan Young Composer’s Project” by the National Council for Cultural Affairs of Taiwan. Her piece, A Stream of Clouds, has been awarded as one of the best three compositions for the 2003 National Young Composer Project. Her string quartet “Tranquility after Rain” is not only credited as “2002 Young Voice From Taiwan “by the National Council for Cultural Affairs of Taiwan but also received its New York premiere in 2003.

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