The Chamber Music Network

Hsiao-Lan Wang


Hsiao-Lan Wang, a native of Taiwan, composes extensively for orchestra, chamber ensembles, solo instruments, and electronic media. Her music investigates the fundamental elements of musical communication through new timbral, formal, and technological relationships. As a composer, her talent and efforts have attained international acclaim including prizes, awards, and major performances from venues such as: Pauline Oliveros Prize, Standard Award by American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP), second prize in the third Pierre Schaeffer Computer Music Competition (Italy), fianlist in the Composers Competition by Chamber Orchestra of Denton, final performers selection by American Composers Forum - Sonic Circuits, a research grant from Women's Council of UMKC, and performances at Logos Foundation (Belgium) and Dutch National Radio. Ms. Wang is also a frequent participant at electroacoustic music festivals throughout the United States.

In addition to her career as a composer, Ms. Wang extends her musical platform to both performing and conducting. Being an exceptional yangchin (Chinese dulcimer) player, she has participated in numerous performances in Taiwan and the United States. One of her most performed works Refrain for yangchin and tape has been frequently programmed on music festivals including SEAMUS. As a conductor, for both pre-twentieth century and contemporary music, she has continuously conducted works by both developing and established composers of our time.

Ms. Wang received her BA in Music Composition and Theory from the National Institute of the Arts (Taipei, Taiwan) in 1999 and MM in composition from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2002. She is currently pursuing a DMA degree in composition at the University of North Texas.