Chen-Hui Jen’s music features an imaginative and spiritual poeticism with subtlety and sophistication. She composes music for orchestra, choir, Western and Chinese instruments, including ensemble, chamber, and solo. Her works have been performed in the ISCM World New Music Festival (2006, Germany), the Acanthes Music Festival (2009, France), the ACL Music Festival (2011, Taipei), the EarShot San Diego Workshop (2012. USA), as well as multiple concerts in Taiwan and the United States. Jen’s works have won prizes in the Kuan-Du Arts Festival Competition (2004), the Literature and Fine Arts Composition Competition (2004, 2008, 2009), the Formosa Composition Competition (2005), the International Tsang-Houei Hsu Music Composition Competition (2006), and the International Taiwan Music Center Composition Competition (2011). In recent years, she has also received commissions from the Ching-Yun Chorus, the Taipei Chamber Singers, the Little Giant Chinese Chamber Orchestra, the Kaohsiung Chamber Choir, and the Palimpsest Ensemble.
Since 2010, Dr. Jen has performed piano in a duo with her husband composer/computer musician Jacob David Sudol. Together they’ve played many distinguished venues such as the Taipei National Recital Hall, the Spectrum in New York City, Center for New Music in San Francisco, International Society of Contemporary Music New Music Miami Festival, University of California at San Diego, Mills College, National Chiao Tung University, California Institute of Arts, Chapman University, and Florida International University.
Born in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Dr. Jen received her B.F.A. at the Music Department of the National Sun Yet-San University (1999-2003) and M.F.A. at the Graduate School of Music at the Taipei National University of the Arts (2003-2005), majoring in composition under the instruction of Professor Hwang-Long Pan and Tzyy-Sheng Lee. She obtained a scholarship from Taiwanese Ministry of Education in 2006 to study in the United States, and earned a Ph.D. in Music Composition in 2012 at the University of California, San Diego, where she worked with Professor Chinary Ung. She currently lives in the United States.
Jacob David Sudol (b. Des Moines, Iowa, 1980) writes intimate compositions that explore enigmatic phenomena and the inner nature of how we perceive sound. He currently is an Assistant Professor, the Coordinator of Music Technology area, and on the Composition faculty at Florida International University in Miami, Florida. He received his in Ph.D. in composition at the University of California at San Diego where his mentor was the Grawemeyer Prize-winning composer Chinary Ung.
Over the last five years some of Jacob Sudol’s mentors have also included John Rea, Alvin Lucier, Roger Reynolds, Rand Steiger, Denys Bouliane, Philippe Leroux, and David Dunn. He has also participated in master classes with Beat Furrer, Helmut Lachenmann, Fred Lerdahl, and Bent Sørensen.
Jacob Sudol has been commissioned and/or performed by many prestigious ensembles and performers such as the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, Chai Found New Music Workshop, Contemporary Keyboard Society, Little Giant Chinese Orchestra, the McGill Contemporary Music Ensemble in collaboration with the McGill Digital Composition Studio, FIU Laptop and Electronic Arts (FLEA) Ensemble,pianist Xenia Pestova, cellist Jason Calloway, percussionist Nathan Davis, flutist Carla Rees, the rarescale duo, flutist Solomiya Moroz, pianist and composer Chen-Hui Jen, pianist and composer Keith Kirchoff, clarinetist Krista Martynes, guzheng-performer Yi-Chieh Lai, percussionist Fernando Rocha, percussionist Luis Tabuenca, and pianist William Fried. These works have received numerous domestic and international performances. Jacob Sudol also frequently performs his own works for instruments and electronics in diverse settings such as the Music at the Anthology Festival, Issue Project Room, SEAMUS Conference, Domaine Forget Festival of New Music, Taiwan National Recital Hall, INTER/actions Symposium on Interactive Music, International Computer Music Conference, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Concert Hall in Leipzig Germany, Studio for Electro-Instrumental Music in Amsterdam, International Society of Contemporary Music New Music Miami Festival, FIU Electro-Acoustic Student Festival, Miami Beach Urban Studios, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Art Basel Miami, Cluster Festival of New Music, The Spectrum in New York City, Bowling Green University, The Center for New Music in San Francisco, McGill University, Wesleyan University, the California Institute of the Arts, Art Basel Miami, Florida International University, Bangor University, Mills University, Taiwan National Chiao Tung University, the University of California at San Diego, and the wulf in Los Angeles
Dr. Sudol was also a studio research assistant for Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Roger Reynolds from 2007 to 2010. In 2012, Sudol founded a cello/electro-acoustic duo with FIU colleague and cellist Jason Calloway and, since 2010, he has been in a piano/electro-acoustic duo with his wife Chen-Hui Jen. He has also collaborated on interdisciplinary projects with visual artist Jacek Kolasinski and architect Eric Goldemberg. As a recording engineer and producer Sudol has worked on compact discs that have been or will be released by Mode, Bridge, and Albany Records.
During his free time Jacob Sudol takes an interest in religious phenomenology, literature, acoustics, psychoacoustics, visual art, cinema, and world folk music. As a composer he always attempts to bring insights from these other fields into his work.