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Taiwanese composer Tyzen Hsiao dies at 77

2015/02/25 11:05:47

Los Angeles, Feb. 24 (CNA) Prominent Taiwanese composer Tyzen Hsiao died at his home in Los Angeles on Tuesday after battling lung cancer for two years. He was 77.

"My father Tyzen Hsiao is now with my Father in heaven today as of 9:10 a.m. No more pain and suffering. Please do not call me cause I need time to grieve. Thank you all for your prayers," Hsiao's son Joseph Hsiao wrote on his Facebook page.

Hsiao, known as "Taiwan's Rachmaninoff," was born on Jan. 1, 1938 in the southern Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung.

He studied music at National Taiwan Normal University and Musashino Music University in Japan and later relocated to the United States in 1977.

Known for his fusion of Taiwanese and international music traditions, Hsiao composed a number of works for solo instruments, chamber ensembles, solo voices, orchestras and choirs with soloists, with many of his vocal works set to poems written in Taiwanese.

(By Oscar Wu, Sabine Cheng and Y.F. Low)