Full name: Bunya (Wenye) Koh (Jiang)
Original name: 江 文也
Born: June 11, 1910 in Danshui, Taipei, Chinese Taipei
Died: October 24, 1983 in Beijing, Beijing, China
Sport: Art Competitions
Formosan Dance by Japanese musician Bunya Koh was awarded Honorable Mention at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. He was born under the Chinese name Jiang Wen-Ye in Taiwan, which at that time was under Japanese occupation. Koh was a composer who worked mainly in Japan under his Japanese name. He produced a wide range of music, from piano to choral and orchestral works, and merged elements of traditional Chinese, Taiwanese, and Japanese music with modernist influences. Koh attended school in Nagano, Japan and then majored in electrical engineering at the Tokyo Engineering and Commerce Advanced School. He started his career as a singer, but then studied composition.
After World War II, Koh returned to mainland China, was stripped of his nationality, and considered a traitor. He had to change his composition style to be more moderate in accordance with the ruling party, and was a political target because of his earlier ties to Japan.
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