郭芝苑，作曲家；1921 年 12 月 5 日出生於苗栗苑裡，2013 年逝世。自幼即立志要成為音樂家；14歲，赴日本留學，因而接觸許多日本現代民族樂派的作品。戰後，郭芝苑回到臺灣，他的作品《交響變奏曲─臺灣土風為主題》是繼留日前輩作曲家江文也之後，由臺灣人創作的第一首管絃樂曲，並在 1987 年以《小協奏曲─位鋼琴與絃樂隊》榮獲金鼎獎作曲獎、1994 年以管弦樂組曲《天人師》獲第十九屆國家文藝獎音樂類獎項。
KUO Chug-Yuan was born in Yuanli, Miaoli in 1921. He had ambitions to be a musician from a very early age. He studied abroad in Japan, where he was exposed to many contemporary nationalistic Japanese compositions. After World War II, KUO returned to Taiwan and composed “Symphonic Variations with the Land of Taiwan as the Main Theme,” which was the first symphony written by a Taiwanese composer since his predecessor Jiang Wen-Ye, who had studied abroad in Japan before KUO. He won the Golden Cauldron Award in the composition division in 1987 for his “Concertino for Piano and Small String Ensemble,” and the National Award for Arts in the music division in 1994 for his “Teacher of Heavenly and Human Beings.” He died of cancer in Taiwan, 2013.