An album by Kuo Chih-yuan (郭芝苑), the nation’s first composer of serious opera, orchestral music and piano concertos, was nominated yesterday for four Golden Melody awards.
The Rose in the Wilderness (在野的紅薔薇) album, which consists of piano pieces composed by Kuo and performed by others, was nominated for best composer, best album producer, best classical album and best instrumental performance in this year’s artistic and traditional music categories.
Kuo died on April 12 at the age of 92. A presidential citation was awarded posthumously, hailing him as a pioneer of modern folk music in Taiwan.
The Jury Award went to father-and-son pair Peng Shuang-sung (彭雙松) and Peng Wen-ming (彭文銘), who were praised by judges for their dedication to the digital preservation of music for more than two decades.
A total of 67 works were selected from 1,595 entries to compete in 15 award categories this year, according to the Ministry of Culture’s Bureau of Audiovisual and Music Industry Development.
The award ceremony for the traditional and artistic music categories will be held on June 8, while the one for the popular music categories will take place on July 6.