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Bor-Nien HSU
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Bor-Nien HSU is currently Director of the Forum Music Ensemble, while also teaching at the Graduate School of Music, National Chiao Tung University, and the Department of Music, Soochow University. He has played a significant role in the development of contemporary music in Taiwan.
Born in Taipei, he graduated from the Department of Music, National College of Arts (now National Taiwan University of Arts). He joined the Taiwan Provincial Symphony Orchestra in 1982. In 1983, He obtained a Ministry of Education scholarship to study contemporary percussion and musical theatre at the Conservatoire Rueil-Malmaison, one of France\'s most prestigious national academies of music. At Rueil-Malmaison, Hsu received both the Premier Prix and Prix d\'Excellence for his outstanding performances; during his time in France, he took part in numerous performances and recordings of contemporary music.
In 1988, after returning to Taiwan, he was invited to serve as a member of the preparatory committee for the ROC Contemporary Music Association. During this period, he was very active on the contemporary music scene both in Taiwan and overseas. He performed in numerous concerts and was also involved in the planning and organization of a wide range of other performances, seminars and lectures.
In 1996, he founded the Forum Music Ensemble in collaboration with a group of young Taiwanese musicians that included outstanding pianists, percussionists, composers, and players of string and woodwind instruments. This was followed in January 1997 by the opening of the Forum Auditorium. In addition to its regular musical performances, the Forum Music Ensemble has also organized a large number of contemporary music concerts, workshops, lectures and seminars, and has undertaken international collaboration projects with composers and musicians from France, the U.K. and the U.S.A.
He has worked tirelessly to further the development of contemporary music in Taiwan. In 2004, he began planning the recording of the Taiwan\'s contemporary music series of CDs, featuring works by Taiwanese composers, entitled Musical Kaleidoscope: Taiwan\'s Contemporary Music (1), (2), and (3). In 2007, he was awarded the Golden Melody Award for the producer of the year\'s best classical or artistic recording.