Biography

Chow Jun Yi (JunYi Chow) began studying piano and music theory at the age of 5. Born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Chow studied at Central Conservatory of Music in China and Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in USA. Chow now lives in the New York City.
 
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.
 
Among the awards Chow has received include Finalist for United States ASCAP Morton Gould Prize. Grand Prize of Best Original Orchestra Work from Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra International Composition Competition. Chow has received commissions from Albany Symphony, Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, Singapore National Youth Chinese Orchestra, Georgetown Festival in Malaysia, Malaysian Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, Sound of Arts Festival in New York, among worldwide performances of his compositions in Malaysia, Singapore, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macao, Indonesia, Thailand, Japan, Korea, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, United States, and Canada.
 
Chow’s multimedia live production “Stillness in Queens” in collaboration with Karen Y. Chan (USA) premiered at Flushing Town Hall in New York in 2017 has received support from Queens Council of Arts. His album “A Traveler’s Portrait” in collaboration with Seungmin Cha (South Korea) was nominated for Global Music Award in 2018. Other productions and concert series include - Shan.Shui (w. Chatori Shimizu, Miyoko Satoh & Satoshi Haga), Borderless (w. Steve Hui) and Tango Night (w. Lance Low).
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 their albums “Heirlooms” in 2019 and “Stories from an Island City” in 2016. 
 
As an active researcher in the music for Chinese Orchestra, Chow’s The TENG Guide to the Chinese Orchestra (co-author with Samuel Wong and Chenwei Wang) serves as a one-stop guide for composers, scholars and enthusiasts alike.
 
Chow was the music conductor of New York Chinese Music Ensemble. As a pianist and cellist, Chow plays classical repertoire as well as free improvisations. 

Describe your music

Selected Press Quote
“…it was skilful contrasts in both volume and texture…”
Financial Times (Ken Smith) on Kampung and the City for Chinese Orchestra
 
 “…mashed up a lively neoromantic drive, a big, acidic fanfare and an austerely otherworldly…”
Lucid Culture on “Serenade” for Symphony Orchestra

Interested in collaborating with

Cross-cultural studies, including Southeast Asian studies and Chinese philosophy
Chinese Orchestration studies, started since “The TENG Guide to the Chinese Orchestra” project
Music Improvisation, started in 2015 as an alternative method in exploring composition
Twentieth Century Music Analysis, works between late Romantic period to present
Interdisciplinary collaboration, including dance, visual art, videography and others
Computer Music, beginner level and only experience in doing live mixing
 

Additional info

PUBLICATION
 
The TENG Guide to the Chinese Orchestra, commissioned by The TENG Company, published by World Scientific Publishing Company (Singapore),  July 2019

Served as a seminal guide to equip composers, scholars and music enthusiasts worldwide with the necessary knowledge to work with Chinese musical instruments.
Info Link: https://www.worldscientific.com/worldscibooks/10.1142/1080

 
DISCOGRAPHY
 
‘Heirlooms’, performed by The TENG Ensemble, released by Cross Ratio Entertainment, October 2019.
‘A Traveler’s Portrait’, performed by Seungmin Cha and JunYi Chow, released by MEII Enterprises,  July 2018. Awarded the bronze medal of “Global Music Award 2018”.
‘Stories from an Island City’, performed by The TENG Ensemble, released by Cross Ratio Entertainment,  September 2016
 

Interested in collaborating with

Cross-cultural studies, including Southeast Asian studies and Chinese philosophy

Chinese Orchestration studies, started since “The TENG Guide to the Chinese Orchestra” project

Music Improvisation, started in 2015 as an alternative method in exploring composition

Twentieth Century Music Analysis, works between late Romantic period to present

Interdisciplinary collaboration, including dance, visual art, videography and others

Computer Music, beginner level and only experience in doing live mixing

 

Additional info

PUBLICATION

 

The TENG Guide to the Chinese Orchestra, commissioned by The TENG Company, published by World Scientific Publishing Company (Singapore),  July 2019

 

DISCOGRAPHY

 

‘Heirlooms’, performed by The TENG Ensemble, released by Cross Ratio Entertainment, October 2019.

‘A Traveler’s Portrait’, performed by Seungmin Cha and JunYi Chow, released by MEII Enterprises,  July 2018. Awarded the bronze medal of “Global Music Award 2018”.

‘Stories from an Island City’, performed by The TENG Ensemble, released by Cross Ratio Entertainment,  September 2016

 

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