Shih-Wei Lo

DMA Student in Composition

 Taiwanese composer Shih-Wei Lo creates music that involves acoustic instruments, voice, digital media, mechatronic art, and interdisciplinary collaboration, among others. His work is often informed by the diverse articulations of time and space in various domains such as art, literature, culture, and politics, and may be viewed as a process of transfiguring these into music, providing the audience with a contemplative medium.  

Currently a Dean's Fellow in GSAS at Columbia University, Shih-Wei is pursuing a DMA in Composition under the tutelage of George Lewis and Georg Friedrich Haas. He earned his MM in Composition from the University of Washington, where he worked with Huck Hodge and Juan Pampin, and also taught at the Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media (DXARTS). Prior to the graduate studies in the United States, he studied with Ching-Wen Chao and Kris Falk at National Taiwan Normal University, receiving his BFA in Music Theory and Composition. 

Shih-Wei has worked with renowned musicians and ensembles such as violists Frank Brakkee and Melia Watras, harpists Miriam Overlach and Shannon Chieh, the Atlas Ensemble, and Taipei Chamber Singers. Recently he was awarded First Prize in the ASCAP/SEAMUS Student Commission Competition and Honorable Mention in the 2015 American Composers Forum's National Composition Contest; he also received First Prize and Audience Award in the Dutch Harp Festival and Composition Contest 2014. 

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Degrees from Other Institutions: 
Music Theory and Composition
National Taiwan Normal University
University of Washington