TAI, Chien-Yu

TAI, Chien-Yu

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While establishing KTOne Studio in 2016, Chien Yu Tai merged elements of both film and music into his studio. In 2017, Tai received his Master of Music in Composing for Film and Television from Kingston University, London. A former timpani player with Evergreen Symphony Orchestra, Tai is heavily steeped in various forms of classical music which influence his composing style. In 2018, Tai was selected to be a member of Plan Mabu by the Ministry of Culture— a film scoring talent training program. Tai is currently an active scorer and composer.

Originally from Hualien, in the eastern part of Taiwan, Tai spends most of his time in quiet reflection up in the mountains or walking on the beach, taking in the ocean air. Both nurture his affable and warm-hearted personality. Since he was young, Tai has loved playing the piano and also fosters a passion for other activities. When he entered National Hualien Senior High School, he was encouraged by Ms. Chin Yi Lin to engage himself in percussion, and he later found himself studying under the guidance of Mr. Bor-Nien Hsu. He was a cadre and a member of Hualien Youth United Symphonic Band, and during his six years in high school he eventually became the conductor. Tai graduated from Shih Chien University with a Bachelor's degree in Music of Percussion. He not only performed in the symphonic band and symphony orchestra, but he also played as a member of the percussion section of Forum Music. During this time, Tai performed in a wide range of genres and venues to include indoor, stage, and modern music with Forum Music. Furthermore, Tai also performed with Evergreen Symphony Orchestra in various concert halls all over the world, immersing himself in his work with his contemporaries which include a wide variety of art performers, seasoned musicians, and composers from all over the world.

Ever since Tai could remember, he has always taken great pleasure in the motion picture industry. Equipped with profound music knowledge and exceptional performing ability, Tai always dreamed of scoring for films. After graduating from college, Tai worked for several years in an orchestra, holding to a dream to study abroad, and he started to explore and look for his goal in life. At that time, he decided to change his major. In 2014, after coaching from Ms. Yu Lin Yang, the composer who enlightened Tai, he was successfully admitted to the course of film scoring, starting a fantastic adventure in this field. In 2017, Tai received his Master of Music in Composing for Film and Television from Kingston University, London. As Tai has education and experience in both performing and composing, during the time he studied in London, a city under the influence of rich European culture, Tai proactively looked for opportunities to work with different art performers, players, and groups. Nils Mönkemeyer, a world-renowned viola player, had even invited Tai on two occasions, to adapt and to play a Taiwanese ballad on a Taiwan recital tour. Invited by Chiayi United Wind Ensemble, Tai created a piece for symphonic band, which was greatly appreciated by Satoshi Yagisawa, a Japanese symphony composer. Moreover, this piece was played by the Tokyo Metropolitan Sumidagawa High School band, led by Nami Tsurukai, for the first time in Japan. In 2019, invited by Prof. Chia-Hsuan Tsai and Barock Ensemble Taipei, Tai will perform his pieces of work in Berliner Philharmonie and Germany Munich Concert Hall in 2020. As for Tai's scoring pieces, he has been nominated for, and received, the best film scoring awards in select international film festivals. Tai’s works have been played on many other film festivals as well. Since Tai returned home to Taiwan, he has become a seasoned music scorer. Besides composing, Tai pushes himself to learn and to improve. He exposes himself to different music cultures and composing skills, and hopes to create something of his own. Tai mixes eastern culture together with western culture, and the art of Taiwanese music, to look for and explore the unlimited possibilities in creating music.

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Selected works
Eternity(for Six Percussinist and Orchestra)
2020
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Blooming Time
2019
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Colour of the Season
2018
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Selected works

Eternity(for Six Percussinist and Orchestra)

2020

Blooming Time

2019

Colour of the Season

2018
Orchestral/Concerto Works
Title Instrumentation Year Duration NCAF-funded
Eternity(for Six Percussinist and Orchestra) Six Percussionist and Orchestra 2020 15'
Colour of the Season Wind Ensemble 2018 8'30"
The Story of A Small Town Orchestral 2018 3'30"
Chamber Music Works
Title Instrumentation Year Duration NCAF-funded
Blooming Time Flute, Oboe, Harpsichord and Cello 2019 10'30"
Rhapsodic Formosa Quartet(取材自台灣歌謠:桃花過渡) Soprano, Alto Soprano, Viola, Piano 2018 5'30"
Taiwanese Folk Song Sextet(取材自鄧雨賢:四月望雨) Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Harpsichord, Violin and Cello 2018 6'30"
Taiwanese Folk Song Suite 1* Flute, 1* Alto Flute, 3* Bass Flute 2018 8'
The Story of A Small Town String Quartet 2018 3'30"
Solo Instrumental Works

* link to " NCAF online Archive of Grant Fruitages "website (in Chinese)

Title Instrumentation Year Duration
Blooming Time Flute, Oboe, Harpsichord and Cello 2019 10'30"