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Yi-De Chen

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Yi-De Chen (b. 1988, Taiwan) is a contemporary music composer from Taiwan.

Chen is currently [2018] pursuing a DM in music composition at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, under the tutelage of Prof. P. Q. Phan. He received his M.M. in composition from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he studied with Don Freund and P. Q. Phan. He earned his M.M. and B.A. in Composition from the Taipei National University of the Arts, Taiwan.

Yi-De Chen is also a composer of film music and a piano improviser. His musical language manifests great diversity, poetic sense, and profound spirituality. His genuine talent lies in the combination of improvisation, composition, and synesthesia (the condition of experiencing music as color and feeling and translating colors and feelings into music). This is well represented in his orchestral works, The Smile and the Rosy Clouds (2017) and After Transformation (2011). As the recipient of funding from the Taiwan Ministry of Culture and National Culture and Arts Foundation, Chen’s works were selected to be performed by Indiana University Concert Band, Asian Composers League, Spring Autumn Music Foundation, Taipei Forum Music, Taichung Society of Contemporary Music, and Dufy Atelier des Musicians & Artists.

Works for Winds


  • Indiana University Concert Band concert program, 18 September 2018