I am driven by my fixation on music as a spiritual vehicle. Much of my music is conversations about the beautiful, the timeless, the emotive, the expressive, and the colorful in the human experience.


Through my music, I often explore cultural practices, stylistic norms, and the nature of music itself. I always aim to transcend historical and cultural barriers in an embracive spirit. 

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about me 關於

As a composer, chen yıhan’s music has been performed by China Philharmonic Orchestra, China National Symphony Orchestra, China National Centre for the Performing Arts Center Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra of the China National Opera House, the American Composers Orchestra, the Juilliard Orchestra, the Slovak National Symphony Orchestra, pianist Tamara Stefanovich, multi-instrumentalist Min Xiao-Fen, the New York Virtuoso Singers, Cantoría Hong Kong, Ensemble Three, Latitude 49, among others. He has earned honors such as a Copland House Residency Award, three ASCAP Morton Gould Awards, an ASCAP Plus Award, the Jacobs School of Music Dean’s Prize, a winner of the Juilliard orchestra competition, and has received awards from the American Prize, the National Association of Composers/USA, to name a few. He will be making his debut as a film composer with the upcoming 2022 Chinese-language feature-length film "Manifesto", produced by Shanghai Film Group Corporation.  


Described as “colorful” and “incisive” by the Oregon Artswatch, chen yıhan was one of the featured pianist at “The Clearing”, a contemporary piano festival presented by Portland Piano International, in which he performed with internationally celebrated pianists Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Tamara Stefanovich. He is active as a new music pianist and has premiered many contemporary composers' new works. He has received recognitions such as being the Grand Prize winner of the Cincinnati World Piano Competition, the winner of the New World Youth Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition, the winner of the Young Artist Concerto Competition by Murray State University, and the winner of the Carmel Symphony Orchestra Young Artists Competition, etc. He made his debut as an orchestra soloist at age 11 at the Hilbert Circle Theatre in Indianapolis, performing with the New World Youth Symphony Orchestra.

education 教育


Princeton University


Princeton University


The Juilliard School

2014, 2015

Freie Universität Berlin


Indiana University

Jacobs School of Music


Indiana University

Jacobs School of Music


Indiana University

Jacobs School of Music

Ph.D. candidate in music composition  |  Dmitri Tymoczko

M.F.A. in music composition

M.M. in music composition  |  Christopher Rouse

course in music composition  |  Samuel Adler

B.M. in music composition  |  Claude Baker, P.Q. Phan, Sven-David Sandström, Aaron Travers | Electronic Musıc: Jeffry Hass, John Gibson

B.M. in piano performance  |  Arnaldo Cohen, Shigeo Neriki

OPEN program in piano performance | Arnaldo Cohen

Young Pianist Program | Karen M. Taylor