HSIAO, Tyzen (1938-2015) was a composer, pianist and conductor. He was born in Kaohsiung, Taiwan and died in Los Angeles. He grew up in a Presbyterian family and, as a result, was exposed to church music and Western classical music from an early age. At the age of five, his mother taught him to play the piano. Following Tainan Evergreen Middle School, Hsiao graduated from the Department of Music at National Taiwan Normal University, as well as the Department of Keyboard at Musashino Academy of Music in Japan. In 1977, Hsiao immigrated to the United States and in 1987, earned a Master’s in composition from California State University, Los Angeles. Hsiao devoted his entire life to composing music, including oratorios, cantatas, as well as various types of chorus, piano music, symphonies and concertos. His church music and Taiwanese art songs are popular both in Taiwan and abroad. Hsio’s works reflect Taiwan's history and the land that he loved. Hsiao’s symphony poem, 1947 Overture, recalls the tragic incident in Taiwan of February 28 of that year, while Ode to Jade Mountain for chorus and orchestra praises his native land of Taiwan. Hsio won the National Cultural and Arts Award, the National Cultural Award, the Golden Melody Award for Traditional Music and the Wu San-lien Award. Hsiao was also awarded honorary doctoral degrees from California Graduate School of Ministries and National Taithung University. His major works include the symphonic poem, 1947 Overture, Violin Concerto in D minor, art song The Sojourner, I love Taiwan and Eternal Hometown.