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Asian Composers League

The Asian Composers League was founded in 1973 by Hong Kong, Japan, Korea and Taiwan, with the purpose of promoting the art music activities in Asian countries, as well as fostering mutual exchange between these countries.

‘From April 12-14 in 1973, the inaugural meeting of the Asian Composers League (ACL) was held in Hong Kong. There were three delegates from Japan led by Professor Yoshiro Irino, six from Taiwan led by Professor Hsu Tsang-Houei and six from Hong Kong led by Professor Lin Sheng-Shih.’ (Hong Kong composer and ACL Honorary Member Doming Lam in‘The Year of Deciding on Course’)

The following meetings in Kyoto in 1974 and in Manila in 1975 set the path for a flourishing organization. Today the Asian Composers League is the most vibrant and influential contemporary music organization in the Asia-Pacific region. The Conference and Festival are magnificent events which are held annually and biennially, hosted by the member countries under the auspices of the ACL. It is an important venue for promising Asian-Pacific composers with different cultural backgrounds to present their works, exchange ideas and build solidarity amongst themselves.

Currently, the ACL official member countries and regions include: Australia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Tatarstan, Thailand, Turkey and Vietnam. Representatives from other countries and areas, such as China, Europe and America often attend the conference and festival as observers, too.

Official websiet: http://www.asiancomposersleague.com/

Asian Composers League – Taiwan National Committee

As one of the founding members of the Asian Composers League, the Asian Composers League – Taiwan National Committee was founded in June 1974 with the goal of introducing and promoting music creation among member countries, and fostering the art of composing and the exchange of musical culture. As an active core-member of the ACL, the ACL-Taiwan National Committee has established an international exchange network among the member countries. Not only an important and continuous Taiwan cultural diplomacy, this network also has had an invaluable contribution in promoting the native composers and musicians to the international music scene.

The ACL-Taiwan has hosted five ACL conferences and festivals in 1976, 1986, 1995, 1998, and 2011 respectively. The 35th Asian Composers League Conference and Festival in 2018 will be the 6th ACL festival held in Taiwan. The previous chairmen of ACL-Taiwan were Professor Ngou KANG, Professor Tsang-Houei HSU, Professor Shui-Long MA (twice), Professor Po-Yun HSU, Professor Shyhji Pan-Chew and Professor Hwang-Long PAN. The current Chairman is Professor Wen-Tze LU.

Official website: http://www.acl-taiwan.org.tw/