Composer HWANG Yann-Jong was born in Chiayi City in 1955. In 1972, HWANG began studying composition under the instruction of CHEN Mao-Shuen and HSU Tsang-Houei. In 1973, he won first place in the Chiayi County Composition Competition and third place in the National Composition Competition. In the same year he began to study in the music department of Chinese Culture University. He graduated in 1977 and premiered his Classical Symphony. He then began to study at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna (Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Wien) and received a fellowship sponsored by the Education Ministry of Austria. He returned to Taiwan in 1985 and has since taught at Tainan University of Technology. He has often received commissions to compose works such as Dreaming the Chang Jiang. A CD album of his compositions, The Eternal Divinity of Dao, was awarded Best Religious Music Album in 2007’s 18th Golden Melody Awards. For another album of his compositions, A Musical Harvest Festival released in 2008, he was nominated and a finalist for Best Composer in the 19th Golden Melody Awards.