Composer Chien-Tai Chen (CT) = citynoah


     Famous for his extremely original music compositions in America, Taiwan-born composer Chien-Tai Chen, aka citynoah, is a celebrity composer in Taiwan. His compositions have won consistent praise in the U.S. and in his native Taiwan.  He is Winner of the Chinese Literature and Art Association’s medal for accomplishment in musical composition.  His music is a versatile interweave of ancient, aboriginal, traditional, contemporary, and popular styles with a strong romantic appeal and spiced with a devilish sense of humor.  His intriguing angelic innovations are universally accessible, capturing the essence of internally meaningful and eternally 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 ear, as 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.

His current project is the soundtrack with film director Yi-Hong Liu for his new film entitled “Everyday is A Day”.