updated 16 May 2019
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Sandra Wuan-Chin Li

Taiwanese composer born 31 October 1968 in Taiwan.

Of Sirayan descent (an aboriginal people of Taiwan), Sandra Wuan-Chin Li began studies of music theory, piano, and Electone with her father, Professor Mao-sung Lee. She went on to study at the Music Department at Suzhou University (Taiwan), at the Tainan University of Technology (Taiwan), and at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, from where she graduated with a Master of Music. In 2004, she was invited to present her research in a lecture titled “A Performer’s Musicological Research on Performing Interactive Computer Music” at the International Computer Music Conference.

Sandra Wuan-Chin Li was the keyboard player in Indulge Ensemble and in the metal band Chthonic. She has composed for the television documentary Unknown Taiwan, produced by the Discovery Channel, and was the artistic director of the musical comedy Dark Baroque.

Her music frequently explores the concept of “composing in real time,” drawing upon visual arts, experimental film, and diverse performance practices. Her works have been performed at international events such as WOCMAT (Workshop on Computer Music and Audio Technology), New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, ICMC, klingt gut! Symposium on Sound in Hamburg, and at the New York Philharmonic Biennal. Her musical setting of the film L’Arrivée (1998) by Peter Tscherkassky was presented at ManiFeste in 2019.

She is currently a curator of sound and music at the Guling Street Avant-Garde Theatre in Taipei, and is a faculty member at Fu-Jen University in Taiwan.


© Ircam-Centre Pompidou, 2019

  • Solo (excluding voice)
  • Chamber music
  • Instrumental ensemble music
    • elec EX!T 2012 for experimental film and live music band (2012)
    • elec Weave for orchestra and computer generated sound (2015)
  • Vocal music and instrument(s)
    • elec Dirge for prepared piano, metal vocals, and computer generated sound in real time (2015)
  • Electronic music / fixed media / mechanical musical instruments
    • elec Ban Shan fixed sounds for surround sound system of eight speakers (2018)
    • elec L'Arrivée set to music from Peter Tscherkassky's film (2018), 2 mn
    • elec Signal Exchange for live electronics and live performance (2018)

Catalog sources and details

Compositions pour films

  • Civil Disobedience (Yu-Chin Chen, 2014)
  • *The Journey of Sacrifice *(Cheng-ru Yin, 2014)
  • Back to Memories (Cheng-Yu Yu, 2013)
  • ENCORE (Lai Kin Fai, 2011)
  • Looking Back Lost (Chen Wei, 2010)
  • Awake (Tony Chun-hui Wu, 2007)

Compositions pour la scène

  • (Who else going tonight,) to Damascus The 10th GLT Lunar New Year Gala (Lee-Chun Yao, 2017)
  • Intermezzo (Lee-Chun Yao, 2016)
  • Shapde 5.5 (Shou-Yuo Liu, 2015)
  • Dark Baroque (2009)
  • A Dart Summer Night (Mia Chen, 2006)
  • Road movie (Mia Chen, 2005)

Compositions pour la télévision

  • Série Unknown Taiwan (Chen Wei, 2008)

Composition pour exposition

  • Exposition « King Hu: the Renaissance Man » au Musée d’Art contemporain de Taipei, 2012
  • 2019
    • elec Summer Morning Rain Max / MSP assisted composition for piano, soundscape and computer generated sound (stereo, surround, 5.1 or 8 channels)
  • 2018
    • elec Ban Shan fixed sounds for surround sound system of eight speakers
    • elec In A Soundscape 2 for oboe and computer generated sound
    • elec L'Arrivée set to music from Peter Tscherkassky's film, 2 mn
    • elec Signal Exchange for live electronics and live performance
  • 2017
  • 2016
    • elec River for oboe and computer generated sound
  • 2015
    • elec Dirge for prepared piano, metal vocals, and computer generated sound in real time
    • elec Weave for orchestra and computer generated sound
  • 2012
    • elec EX!T 2012 for experimental film and live music band
  • 2010

Catalog source(s)

Compositions pour films

  • Civil Disobedience (Yu-Chin Chen, 2014)
  • *The Journey of Sacrifice *(Cheng-ru Yin, 2014)
  • Back to Memories (Cheng-Yu Yu, 2013)
  • ENCORE (Lai Kin Fai, 2011)
  • Looking Back Lost (Chen Wei, 2010)
  • Awake (Tony Chun-hui Wu, 2007)

Compositions pour la scène

  • (Who else going tonight,) to Damascus The 10th GLT Lunar New Year Gala (Lee-Chun Yao, 2017)
  • Intermezzo (Lee-Chun Yao, 2016)
  • Shapde 5.5 (Shou-Yuo Liu, 2015)
  • Dark Baroque (2009)
  • A Dart Summer Night (Mia Chen, 2006)
  • Road movie (Mia Chen, 2005)

Compositions pour la télévision

  • Série Unknown Taiwan (Chen Wei, 2008)

Composition pour exposition

  • Exposition « King Hu: the Renaissance Man » au Musée d’Art contemporain de Taipei, 2012

Liens internet

(liens vérifiés en mai 2019).