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Lu Yun - Taiwan

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About Temples in Taiwan, Lu Yun writes:

“Temples in Taiwan are often referred to as Gong Miao. It is a collective term for Gong, Dian, Miao, Ci, Tan, Guan, Tang, Si. It is a place for religious ceremonies. Taoism, Buddhism and local beliefs are the most popular religious beliefs in Taiwan and often these divine Gods and Goddesses of different faiths will ‘live’ in the same temple. This is one of the interesting features of Taiwan’s religious culture.

“This work is inspired by the memory I shared with Kronos’ David Harrington during our trip to Longshan Temple in 2010. It is divided into two movements: the first, ‘Meditation,’ is intended to show the solemnness of Gong Miao. The second, ‘Religious Parade,’ will represent the liveliness of the festival.

“This composition is commissioned for Kronos’ Fifty for the Future project, and is dedicated to my friend and musical mentor, Mr. David Harrington.”

About Lu Yun

Lu Yun began studying music at the age of four. From 2000, she began to study composition with Professor Hung Chung-Kun. Her work Lord Xinqin for erhu and Chinese orchestra was awarded first prize at the Chinese Music Composition Competition organized by Taiwan’s Council for Cultural Affairs (CCA), and she was shortlisted for the Best Composer Award at the 16th Golden Melody Awards for Traditional Arts and Music. Lu went on to win the top award for two consecutive years at CCA’s Chinese Music Composition Competition in 2004 and 2005 with Lang Sai (for suona and Chinese orchestra) and The Collection of Masks (for pipa and Chinese orchestra).
Lu Yun enrolled at the National Taipei University of Arts in 2004, where she obtained a master’s degree in music theory and composition. She pursued her Ph.D. studying at the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2009 and received her DMA in May 2014 under the tutelage of composers Zhou Long and Chen Yi.

Lu Yun has presented a composition concert called “Images of Taiwan” with the Taiwan Philharmonic Chinese Orchestra under the conducting of Ku Pao-Wen. One of her latest compositions is Folk Parade for orchestra, with which she obtained the 27th Golden Melody Awards for Traditional Arts and Music. She is currently an assistant professor at Department of Chinese Music of Tainan National University of the Arts.

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