Young Composers Initiatives 2023
JunYi Chow is an award-winning composer and leader in developing traditional Asian music as a musical language of the world, whose music The Financial Times has described as having “skillful contrasts in both volume and texture.” He is regularly commissioned by major music institutions such as Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra and Singapore Chinese Orchestra for works that tour internationally in Asia, North America, Europe and beyond.
As an active researcher of music for Chinese Orchestra, he is co-author of “The TENG Guide to the Chinese Orchestra”, the most substantial English-language book on Chinese instruments, and an authoritative source for composers, scholars and enthusiasts.
In 2021, Chow received an Asian Cultural Council grant to create workshops for music composers worldwide to learn to compose for traditional instruments from East Asia. The pilot program “Project SEED” starts with Chinese Sheng and Japanese Shō, attracting 170+ composers applying to attend the Apr – Sep 2021 workshops from four continents.
A native of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, he received his B.A. at the Central Conservatory of Music in China and M.M. at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Chow is currently pursuing Ph.D. in Music Composition at University of Hawaii since 2021 Fall and the composer-in-residence with Singapore’s TENG Ensemble.