Chow Jun Yi

Born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, JunYi Chow began studying piano and music theory at the age of 5. Chow studied at Central Conservatory of Music and Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and completed his Master’s degree in 2013.

Chow’s music has been lauded by Financial Times for its “skilful contrasts in both volume and texture”. Chow in his music compositions explores the indefinite possibilities of tone colour and sound. Chow’s thorough knowledge of skills and characteristics of both Chinese and Western instruments has made him a leading figure in merging music of East and West.

Chow was the Second Prize (First Prize vacant) of Taipei Chinese Orchestra International Composition Competition in 2010 with his Chinese Orchestra work, Kampung. In December 2010, his first symphonic work Getaran was commissioned and premiered by the Malaysian Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, and was performed in “Past & Present” –a concert that toured Kuantan, Penang and Kuala Lumpur. In 2012, his Dialogue for Pipa, Alto Sheng and Western Ensemble was selected for Young Composers Project of Beijing Modern Music Festival. In the same year, Chow won the 1st prize of Singapore International Competition for Chinese Chamber Music Composition. Chow was also the finalist of 2013 United States ASCAP Morton Gould Prize. In March 2017, Chow’s Kampung and the City received the Grand Prize of Best Original Orchestra Work from Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra International Composition Competition, in addition to also the Best Orchestration award and The Orchestra Member’s Favorite Choice.

Chow is composer-in-residence for The TENG Ensemble in Singapore, a critically acclaimed group with Chinese traditional and electronics that “rework, innovate, update and redefine traditional music and to spark a passion for Singapore music for generations to come.” (The Strait Times) and released his album with The TENG Ensemble in 2016.

Chow’s music has been performed in many places, including Malaysia, Singapore, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, United States, and Canada.

As a pianist and cellist, JunYi plays classical repertoire as well as free improvisations.

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