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Biography

Peiying Yuan (b.1984) is a composer from Singapore. Her music often mediates the lushness of Western harmonies and the soundscapes and heterophony of Eastern musics. Her compositional interests include issues of cyclicity, musical time, and exploring the relationship between form and function. In the electronic medium, she has worked primarily with digital sampling and processing. 


Currently a third-year doctoral student at Cornell University, she previously received degrees in music composition from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and the National University of Singapore. Her mentors include Steven Stucky, Kevin Ernste, Chen Yi, James Mobberley, Paul Rudy, Zhou Long, Kawai Shiu, and Ho Chee Kong. 


Peiying’s music has been performed by the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Momenta Quartet, Argento Ensemble, newEar, Ensemble BE, Ensemble TIMF, the ensemble at the Wellesley Composers Conference, Cornell Symphony Orchestra, Cornell Festival Chamber Orchestra, and the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory New Music Ensemble, amongst others. 


Recognition for her music include an ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award, Libby Larsen Prize, Missouri and Kansas Music Teachers Association Commissioned Composer Award, SCI/ASCAP Commission Competition, KcEMA Newbie Commission, Kaske Fellowship to the Wellesley Composers Conference, first prizes at the newEar Composers’ Competition, Red Note New Music Composition Competition, and others. In 2012, in celebration of her 60th birthday, the Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho selected her for a commission to write for the Zebra trio. Other working projects include pieces for the California group Wild Rumpus, pianist Xak Bjerken, and the Cornell University Wind Ensemble.


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