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biography

an elcectic composer

Jun An Chew, a native of Singapore is well-versed with music from both the East and West. Being exposed to ethnic music from a young age, Jun An seeks to present music that exemplifies his diverse influences. Jun An's works is comprised of an eclectic variety of instrumentations; from a piece for tabla and Chinese mandolin ensemble, pieces for the Chinese ethnic orchestra to a piece for symphony orchestra.

 

Jun An's pieces were played in China, Indonesia, Singapore and the United States. In 2007, Chew Jun An was commissioned by ICO Music and Culture Consultancy Pte Ltd and was the first and only person outside China to have written for the experimental Xi’an Conservatory of Music's Oriental Symphony Orchestra. Jun An has been appointed by the Ding Xiao Yan Ruan Ensemble, Singapore Ruan Ensemble and ICO music and Culture Consultancy Pte Ltd as their young composer-in-residence since 2009 and currently still involved in active collaborations with these groups.  In 2012, Jun An collaborated with the Nanyang Ensemble, premiering the Chinese chamber orchestra "Layang-layang" and went on to hold a position on their artistic board since 2015. Jun An was recently conferred the Youth-Prize in the Singapore International Competition for Chinese Orchestral Composition 2015 for his piece "Bale Bengong".

 

Jun An started his composition studies under the tutelage of Singaporean composer, Mr. Law Wai Lun. Jun An is currently pursuing his undergraduate degree in composition at the Peabody Institute under the tutelage of Michael Hersch, having also studied with Amy-Beth Kirsten and Jason Eckardt.

 
 

 

biography

an elcectic composer

Jun An Chew, a native of Singapore is well-versed with music from both the East and West. Being exposed to ethnic music from a young age, Jun An seeks to present music that exemplifies his diverse influences. Jun An's works is comprised of an eclectic variety of instrumentations; from a piece for tabla and Chinese mandolin ensemble, pieces for the Chinese ethnic orchestra to a piece for symphony orchestra.

 

Jun An's pieces were played in China, Indonesia, Singapore and the United States. In 2007, Chew Jun An was commissioned by ICO Music and Culture Consultancy Pte Ltd and was the first and only person outside China to have written for the experimental Xi’an Conservatory of Music's Oriental Symphony Orchestra. Jun An has been appointed by the Ding Xiao Yan Ruan Ensemble, Singapore Ruan Ensemble and ICO music and Culture Consultancy Pte Ltd as their young composer-in-residence since 2009 and currently still involved in active collaborations with these groups.  In 2012, Jun An collaborated with the Nanyang Ensemble, premiering the Chinese chamber orchestra "Layang-layang" and went on to hold a position on their artistic board since 2015. Jun An was recently conferred the Youth-Prize in the Singapore International Competition for Chinese Orchestral Composition 2015 for his piece "Bale Bengong".

 

Jun An started his composition studies under the tutelage of Singaporean composer, Mr. Law Wai Lun. Jun An is currently pursuing his undergraduate degree in composition at the Peabody Institute under the tutelage of Michael Hersch, having also studied with Amy-Beth Kirsten and Jason Eckardt.

 

biography

an electic composer

Jun An Chew, a native of Singapore is well-versed with music from both the East and West. Being exposed to ethnic music from a young age, Jun An seeks to present music that exemplifies his diverse influences. Jun An's works is comprised of an eclectic variety of instrumentations; from a piece for tabla and Chinese mandolin ensemble, pieces for the Chinese ethnic orchestra to a piece for symphony orchestra.

 

Jun An's pieces were played in China, Indonesia, Singapore and the United States. In 2007, Chew Jun An was commissioned by ICO Music and Culture Consultancy Pte Ltd and was the first and only person outside China to have written for the experimental Xi’an Conservatory of Music's Oriental Symphony Orchestra. Jun An has been appointed by the Ding Xiao Yan Ruan Ensemble, Singapore Ruan Ensemble and ICO music and Culture Consultancy Pte Ltd as their young composer-in-residence since 2009 and currently still involved in active collaborations with these groups.  In 2012, Jun An collaborated with the Nanyang Ensemble, premiering the Chinese chamber orchestra "Layang-layang" and went on to hold a position on their artistic board since 2015. Jun An was recently conferred the Youth-Prize in the Singapore International Competition for Chinese Orchestral Composition 2015 for his piece "Bale Bengong".

 

Jun An started his composition studies under the tutelage of Singaporean composer, Mr. Law Wai Lun. Jun An is currently pursuing his undergraduate degree in composition at the Peabody Institute under the tutelage of Michael Hersch, having also studied with Amy-Beth Kirsten and Jason Eckardt.

 

works

Solo

"Onerica" for Piano (2014)

"In the Wind, a Lonely Leaf" for Violin (2014) [recording] [score/program notes]

"Down the Inevitable Path" for Bassoon (2014) [recording] [score/program notes]

"Susurrus of the Night-timed Sky" for Flute (2016)

"Time Shards" for Organ (2016)

"Drifting in the Foam" for De-tuned Violin

"Inscape" for Bassoon (2017)

"Hyetal Days" for Piano (2018)

Opera

"A Madman's Diary"

Based on Luxun's short story of the same name. 

 

S o n g s

"Ode to the Nightingale" Song-cycle for Baritone and Piano (2016)

Text from a poem of the same name by John Keats   

"In the Forest" for Baritone and Trumpet

Text by Oscar Wilde

 

Chamber Music

“Layang Layang” for Chinese Chamber Ensemble (2012) [recording] [score/program notes]

"It is an Awfully Long Walk If You Cannot Fly" for String Trio (2014)

"Clouds Ethereal" for English Horn and Bassoon (2015)

"Paces" for Oboe, Clarinet, Trumpet and Guitar (2015) 

"Time Destination; Destination" for Violin and Cello (2015)

[recording] [score/program notes]

"Lucid Dreamer" for Violin and Piano [recording] [score/program notes]

"Perpetual Blooms" for Piano Trio (2016)

"The Skies are Falling" for Three Violins (2016)

“Chatoyant Twilight” for 2 Saxophones, Trombone, Electric Guitar, Piano and Percussion
“Waxing Moon” for Flute, Bass Clarinet, Erhu, Pipa and Cello (2017)
“In the Light of the Setting Sun” for Flute and Electric Guitar (2017)
“Memory Traces” for Flute, Clarinet, Piano, Violin and Cello (2017)
“Lepidopteran Dances” for 2 Detuned Ruan and 2 Erhu (2017)

 

Electro-acoustic
“Hear the Forest Sing” for Voice and Electronics (2016)
“i know what starts to follow home” for Toy Piano and Electronics (2018)

"Disappearing Icicles" for Music box of Electronics

 

Large Ensemble

Symphony Orchestra

"Wails of a Distant Lullaby" (2015) [score/program notes]

 

Chinese Orchestra

Revision of “New Beginnings" (2009) [score/program notes]

“Silhouettes” (2010)

“Yu Ya”  (Finalist, Singapore International Competition for Chinese Orchestra Composition) (2011) 

"Bale Bengong" (Youth Prize, Singapore International Competition for Chinese Orchestra Composition) (2015) [score/program notes]

"On a Midnight's Stroll" for Ruan and Orchestra (2016)

“Fabric of Colours Woven” (2017)
“Of Ash and Moonward Flames” (2018)

“Umbra” for Chamber Orchestra (2018)

 

Special

“New Beginnings” for Oriental Symphony Orchestra (2008)

“Mood of the Moment” for Tabla and Ruan Ensemble (2008) [video] [score/program notes]

“Xi” for Chinese String Orchestra (2013)

 

biography

an eclectic composer

Jun An Chew, a native of Singapore is well-versed with music from both the East and West. Being exposed to ethnic music from a young age, Jun An seeks to present music that exemplifies his diverse influences. Jun An's works is comprised of an eclectic variety of instrumentations; from a piece for tabla and Chinese mandolin ensemble, pieces for the Chinese ethnic orchestra to a piece for symphony orchestra.

 

Jun An's pieces were played in China, Indonesia, Singapore and the United States. In 2007, he was commissioned by ICO Music and Culture Consultancy Pte Ltd and was the first and only person outside China to have written for the experimental Xi’an Conservatory of Music's Oriental Symphony Orchestra. Jun An was appointed by the Ding Xiao Yan Ruan Ensemble, Singapore Ruan Ensemble and ICO music and Culture Consultancy as their young composer-in-residence since 2009 and currently still involved in active collaborations with these groups.  In 2012, Jun An collaborated with the Nanyang Ensemble, premiering the Chinese chamber orchestra Layang-layang and went on to hold a position on their Board of Directors since 2015. In early 2015, Jun An's symphony orchestra piece Wails of a Distant Lullaby was read by the Peabody Symphony Orchestra. Later that year, in collaboration with Violinist Alan Choo and Pianist Lin Hengyue, In the Wind a Lonely Leaf and a newly commissioned Lucid Dreamer was featured in an album SG Inspirations, in celebration of Singapore's Jubilee. Jun An was conferred the Youth-Prize in the Singapore International Competition for Chinese Orchestral Composition 2015 for his piece Bale Bengong. In 2018, Jun An won 2nd Prize in the Prix d'Ete competition with his voice and live electronics piece Hear the Forest Sing. He was also conferred the Otto Ortmann Composition Award that same year. Jun An recently premiered his piece Hyetal Days in Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall.

Jun An started his composition studies under the tutelage of Singaporean composer, Mr. Law Wai Lun. He is a recent graduate of the Masters of Music program at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. His major teachers include Felipe Lara, Michael Hersch, Amy-Beth Kirsten and Jason Eckardt. Currently he is pursuing a Doctorate under the guidance of Oscar Bettison.

 

press

Reviews / Articles

Stunning pipa virtuosity showcased at concert of Chinese orchestral music prize winners published on The Straits Times, November 22, 2015.

 

"Chew Jun An's Bale Bengong, winner of the Young Singaporean Composer Award, was a more static work that dealt with the generation of ideas and fantasies. Its title refers to the Balinese "pavilion for day-dreaming", where a complex counterpoint became a hotbed for themes and motifs to arise, all accomplished while seemingly fomenting in an arak-induced stupor." [view full article]

 

"Promising musicians win awards" published on The Straits Times, November 23, 2015.

 

"Mr Chew, an undergraduate at Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University in the United States and a finalist in the 2011 edition of the competition, won the Young Singaporean Composer Award, which is for those below age 30.

 

He won with a Chinese orchestral piece fused with strong Indonesian gamelan music elements, named Bale Bengong, after a type of traditional pavilion found on Bali.

 

"I am happy to win this time and I will work harder to come up with more Nanyang-inspired works," said the budding composer who started writing music at 15." [view full article]

 

皮博迪深造7本地年轻音乐人 9作品献给新加坡 published on 联合早报,December 12, 2015.

 

周俊安也交出两部作品:《风中孤单的叶》与《清梦者》。前者采用华族传统音乐的五声音阶,后者则倡议拥抱创意,无惧于特立独行。

 

他说,所谓新加坡风格,应该鉴别于每个个体,他们如何吸取不同音乐类型,集体表现出一种风格,一如新加坡社会如何接纳世界各种不同文化。[view full article]

 

 

 

 

 

recordings

 
 
 
 
 

 

albums

SG-Inspirations

featuring Alan Choo, Violin / Lin Hengyue, Piano

and compositions by Chen Zhangyi, Wynne Fung, Phang Kok Jun, Tan Yuting and Chew Jun An

 

www.sg-inspirations.com

 
 
 
 
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