KUO, Chih-Yuan (1921-2013) was a composer and harmonicist born in Miaoli, Taiwan. While attending the Tainan Presbyterian Middle School (now Chan-Jung Senior High School), he was part of the harmonica student club for a year, which sparked an interest in Western music. He went to Japan to study at the Toyo Music School and at the Department of Music at the University of Japan. After returning to Taiwan in 1946, he taught at the Hsinchu Teachers’ College and worked as a music specialist at the Yufeng Film Company. His composition, Symphonic Variations – on a folkloristic Theme, was the first symphonic work composed and premiered in Taiwan by a Taiwanese composer. Between 1966-1969, Kuo studied music at the National University of Tokyo. In 1973, he worked exclusively in the research department of the Taiwan Symphony Orchestra (now the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra) until his retirement. Kuo was awarded the National Cultural and Arts Award twice, as well as the Wu Sanlian Literary Award and the Executive Academy Culture Award. He also received the Order of the Brilliant Star with Special Grand Cordon, which was presented by the President of Taiwan and received an honorary doctorate degree from Jing Yi University. Kuo’s key works include the Taiwanese art song, Red Rose (1971), Concertino for Piano and Strings (1987), the orchestral suite, Tianrenshi-Shijia Chuan, Śāstā Devamanusyānām (1988).