Chien Shan-hua, born in 1954 in Taichung, is a tenor vocalist, composer, ethnomusicologist, and choral conductor. Chien was inspired by his choral experience as a student to pursue a musical career. After he graduated from Department of Music, National Taiwan Normal University, Chien went to teach in Lanyu island, where he began to record traditional music of the Dawu tribe. Later on, he went abroad and got Master of Art from University of California, Irvine, and Composition Diploma from Vienna National Conservatory of Music. Chien has had impressive achievements in the areas of vocal performance, composition, and research in music of indigenous peoples in Taiwan. Currently he is a full-time professor at Department of Music and Graduate Institute of Ethnomusicology and Dean of College of Music of the National Taiwan Normal University and also serves as chairman of Society for Ethnomusicology, R.O.C. (Taiwan).