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A native of Taiwan who has lived in the U.S. since 1982, Shih-Hui Chen seeks to cross boundaries between music and society, between the music of distinct cultures, and between music and other art forms. Chen is the creator of A Map of Belongings, a three-part musical piece exploring how community-based, Asian diasporic arts create and foster the relationships necessary for the setting down of new roots. She is the founder of 21C: Classical, Contemporary, and Cross-Cultural Asian Music, an annual performing arts festival fostering intercultural exchange between Asia and the U.S. through a series of lectures and performances. Chen currently serves on the Performing Arts and Culture committee at the Asia Society Texas Center and is on faculty at the Shepherd School of Music, Rice University, where she also serves on the MUSE (Musicians United for Social Equality) committee. She has worked with Philadelphia Orchestra, Cleveland Symphony Orchestra, Utah Symphony, and National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra. Recognition of her work has come from institutions including American Academy in Rome, Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, Harvard/Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the Fulbright Scholar Program, Chamber Music America, and American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her music can be heard on Albany Records, New World Records, and Bridge Records.

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