Chou Wen-chung


Chou Wen-chung (b. 1923) grew up in China and came to study in the United States in the 1940s. Although he came to study civil engineering, his love of music changed the course of his life. In New York, he studied and worked with the great French-American composer Edgard Varese as well as Otto Luening—both exponents of electronic music. This new world put him in touch with all the avant-garde movements which were to be found in Manhattan in the 1950s—including the Electronic Music Center at Columbia University. To this mix, Chou added his long-standing love of traditional Chinese music. He has been able to develop a fusion of all the ideas he has encountered. He has been teaching at Columbia for many years and is active to this day with projects which take him to every part of the world.