CHEN Mao-Shuen (CHEN Mao-Xuan) is a composer and music educator born in Yunlin County’s Beigang Township on Jan. 7, 1936. He composes music in many genres, including overture, symphony, concerto, chamber music, chorus, lieder and music for piano, with the last being the most profuse. His works is very unique in that he successfully creates a kind of music that is Western in structure but oriental in essence. He also developed systematic teaching materials for music education, which was a valuable contribution to the development of fundamental music education in Taiwan.
Chen had taught in National Taiwan Normal University’s music department for many years. He also served as the deputy conductor of Experimental Symphony Orchestra (now National Symphony Orchestra) and National Experimental Choir (now National Choir). In 1983, he formed an organization called ‘Formusica’ in collaboration with his students to serve as a platform for sharing new compositions in Taiwan. Chen founded the R.O.C. Association of Music Education and also formulated the WACH music education system. Chen was awarded the National Award for the Arts by NCAF in 2013 for his creative and educational contributions in music.