learned special knowledge from master restorer of violins and Chinese antiques.
composer citynoah = Chien-Tai Chen (CT) A widely respected Taiwan-born American composer, composer Chien-Tai Chen, aka citynoah, is most famous for his originality in composition. His compositions have won consistent praise in the U.S. and in his native Taiwan. Winner of the Chinese Literature and Art Association’s medal for accomplishment in musical composition, his versatilities interweave ancient, aboriginal, traditional, contemporary, and popular styles with a strong romantic appeal, devilish humor, and intriguing angelic innovations that capture the essence of meaningful and passionate music. He is also an accomplished violinist and conductor. As a third-generation member of a family of Chinese traditional musicians, Chen was steeped in ancient Chinese music styles called Cantonese, Hakka, and Chaozhou from early childhood. He plays his traditional music by heart, i.e. by ears, just like a Jazz musician plays Jazz. Chen earned his doctorate in music at the University of Maryland and continued his conducting apprenticeship under maestro Charles Bruck at the Pierre Monteux School for Advanced Conductors. In composition, he was a student of the famed music theorist Asher Zlotnik, internationally known composer Josef Castaldo and the renowned arranger Charles Gallagher for orchestration. He has taught at the University of Maryland, the International Conservatory of Music in Washington, D.C., the Baptist University in Hong Kong, and the National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan. Chen, as a performer of violin and Chinese string instruments, has performed music including his own in numerous occasions at U.S. universities and museums. He has appeared at the Third Shiraz International Arts Festival in Iran, the Kennedy Center, the Music Center at Strathmore, and the Smithsonian Institutions. To facilitating on maintaining his own collection on stringed instruments from all over the world, he managed to learn how to repair instruments by himself.