Chihchun Chi-sun Lee

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Chihchun Chi-sun Lee (Chinese: 李志純; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Lí Chì-sûn; Pinyin: Li Zhìchún, born 1970) is a composer of contemporary classical music. Dr. Lee is originally from Kaohsiung, Taiwan, and is currently on the faculty of the University of South Florida, in Tampa, USA, She received a doctoral degree from the University of Michigan, two masters’ degrees from Ohio University, and a bachelor’s degree from Soochow University in Taiwan. Her teachers included William Albright, William Bolcom, Bright Sheng, and Loong-Hsing Wen. She has previously taught music at Johnson County Community College, Washburn University, Rhodes College, and the University of Michigan, and is currently on the faculty of the University of South Florida.

She has received numerous honors; these include winning the 1st Brandenburg Biennial Composers Competition, the Harvard Fromm Music Fellowship, Taiwan National Culture and Arts Foundation commissions, Theodore Front Prize from International Alliance for Women in Music, ISCM/League of Composers Competition, International Festival of Women Composers Composition Prize, Florida Artist Enhancement Grant, Arts Council of Hillsborough County Individual Artist Grant, the SCI/ASCAP Student Composer Commission, the Hong Kong Chou Scholarship, the Joyce Dutka Arts Foundation, the "Music Taipei" award, the Fresh Ink Orchestral Composition Competition, the Margaret Blackburn Competition, NACUSA, the Taiwan Environmental Protection Bureau Music Contest, the Taiwan Provincial Music Competition, the Taiwan National Songwriting Prize, a Taiwan International Community Radio grant, and the Taiwan International Young Composers Competition. Some of her most significant premiers have included her Concerto for Zheng in Carnegie Hall, and a concert dedicated to her music in Taiwan National Concert Hall. In addition, her music has had numerous performances and broadcasts worldwide in Australia, Austria, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hawaii, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Poland, Singapore, Taiwan, Costa Rica, Ukraine, and around the continental United States. She has previously taught at Johnson County Community College, Washburn University, Rhodes College, and the University of Michigan. Her works appear on CDs from the Albany/Capstone label, ERMedia’s Masterworks, NACUSA and Celebrity Music Pte. Ltd. in Singapore. Publications related to Lee’s music can be found in 20th Century Asian Composers’ Biographies, World Music: Traditions and Transformations, and New Discover for the Zheng Music in Taiwan. She is fluent in composing for all instrumental and vocal medium and also has done significant work with indigenous instrument groups, such as Chai Found Music Workshop, Music From China, the Taiwan National Chinese Orchestra, the Taipei Chinese traditional orchestra and other Chinese instrumentalists, including zheng virtuoso, Haiqiong Deng.

Lee’s recent reviews can be found in Gramophone (08/07) and Newspaper reviews from “Preußenspiegel”, Brandenburger Wochenblatt (BRAWO), Märkische Allgemeine, and Märkische Allgemeine Brandenburger Stadtkurier from Germany (09/06)

Other notes regarding name: this individual uses the unusual name "Chihchun Chi-sun Lee" as a reflection of her Taiwanese identity. It is actually a realization of her Chinese characters (李志純) in two languages—Mandarin "Chihchun" and Hok-lo Taiwanese "Chi-sun" (Lee being the same in either language.) She has also been known by other spellings, such as "Chih Chun," "ChihChun," and "Chih-Chun" (also with the name sometimes misspelled as "Chichun"). In Korean, her name is sometimes spelled as 이지순 (I JiSun), 이지선 (I JiSeon), and 리치천 (Ri ChiCheon.)

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