The MuUyas Chamber Music was formed because of their passion, enthusiasm and love for the chamber music repertoire. MuUyas means ‘making music’ in the dialect from Seediq, one of fourteen Taiwanese aboriginal tribes. Together, they hope to share their love for the chamber music repertoire and to continue the great traditions of playing chamber music that has been passed down for centuries. Previously known as the Alpaca String Quartet formed in 2012, the founding members for MuUyas are violinist Yu-Hao (Howard) Chang, violist Po-Chun (Gene) Chen, and cellist Wen-Hsuan (Vivian) Su. Western Classical Music has long been a part of the Taiwanese culture; it is common for children in a Taiwanese family to learn some sort of Western Classical instruments. The multicultural aspect of Taiwanese culture allowed these musicians to grow and meet halfway across the globe from their birth country to come together to form the MuUyas Chamber Music. Their goals of sharing their love for the chamber music repertoire with more people and making classical music more accessible to all had them starting to organize and perform throughout the United States, Canada, and Taiwan.
Highlight in their recent seasons include performances throughout the New England Area in the United States, the Greater Toronto Area in Canada and in Taiwan including performances in the National Theater & Hall and National Taichung Theatre, as well as collaboration with the Hartt School Dance Division and the Bowen McCauley Dance Company performing in both the Hartt School and DC’s Historic Lansburg Theatre. Besides performing as the MuUyas String Trio, and collaboration with the dancers, MuUyas has collaborated with many musicians, such as Judith Mendenhall, Bonita Boyd, Chewon Park, and Megan Chang. Members of the MuUyas Chamber Music are currently all working towards their Doctorate of Musical Arts Degree at The University of Hartford - The Hartt School.