Cathy Kuo is a composer originally from Taiwan. She received her MFA in Composition at University of California, Irvine in 2007 and DMA in Composition at The University of British Columbia in 2018. Kuo initially majored in Sociology (B.A.) and Broadcasting at Boston University (M.S.). In her twenties and early thirties, she did several scores for TV commercials and headline news shortly, and took several non-music related jobs for many years. With great passion for music, Kuo studied composition privately with Taiwanese composer Gordon S.W. Chin before she pursued her graduate degree in Composition. In 2013, Kuo emigrated from Taiwan to Canada with her son. They settled in BC and Kuo began her doctoral study at The University of British Columbia, where she studied composition with Stephen Chatman and Dorothy Chang. Kuo’s major orchestral compositions include the piano concerto Quin Qun Wu Qu, Revival, Hope, Love and Urban Suite. The latter has received two performances in 2018, from Sun Taipei Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra (in Taiwan), and Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (the second movement of Urban Suite) in Winnipeg New Music Festival. At the same year, her Deux Amoureux au Clair de Lune for flute, viola and harp, commissioned by Elysian Trio (Canada) was premiered. The other commission, The Meeks Suite, received many performances by The Meeks Duo, a Vancouverbased acclaimed four-hands piano duo. Her recent work is L’arc en ciel (Rainbow) commissioned by Müzewest Concerts Society. Kuo is currently an adjunct assistant professor at National Taiwan University of Arts. She lives in Vancouver with her son during the summer and the school breaks
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