Behind the Big Screen with Composer George Shaw

How many Taiwanese and Asian Americans do you know who took piano lessons? Too many to count? For sure! How many went on to pursue music full-time as a career? Perhaps not that many.

Well, meet young Taiwanese American composer, George Shaw, who studied composition and film scoring at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, taking part in its world-class Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television program. Now, he’s an award-winning musician with Gold Medal recognitions from categories such as Artistic Excellence to Outstanding Achievement in Film Music.

George Shaw takes some time to share with us a little bit about his life path towards becoming a composer, orchestrator, and conductor. He has orchestrated on a number of films, including “Ghost Rider” (starring Nicolas Cage), “The Darwin Awards” (starring Winona Ryder, Joseph Fiennes), “Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang” (starring Val Kilmer, Robert Downey Jr.), and “Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles”. He has also released a collection of his own inspired albums. With over 50 credits to his name and several Hollywood and independent films that he has scored, he will certainly be one to follow.

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Win one of his CDs entitled “Legendary Warriors” featuring epic Asian movie-inspired themes – all original work by George Shaw! Send an email to with the subject line, “Legendary Warriors,” by November 15th, and we’ll select a few winners for these autographed CDs! You must have a domestic US mailing address.

*EDIT* Congratulations to Jason H. of Los Angeles, CA, Linda T. of Long Beach, CA, and Jean C. of Irvine, CA!

Ho Chie Tsai has no musical skill whatsoever. In fact, he remembers that one of his grade school music teachers moved away, but didn’t tell his mom, probably because he didn’t practice like he should have. He’s over that now, but still really appreciates and admires people who acknowledge and pursue their love for music and the arts.

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