YVONNE YUAN'S PLAYGROUND
Yifeng Yvonne Yuan is 26 years old. She converts the frequency of herself losing socks into the frequency of the pitches; she weighs raindrops to decide the weight of her noteheads. She is a composer and creative writer, born and raised in China, and currently lives in Los Angeles.
Yvonne currently studies music composition and media art technology at UCSB. She also studied with Richard Danielpour, Ian Krouse, David Lefkowitz, and Kay Rhie at the University of California, Los Angeles.
She considered music as a language before languages were invented. Fascinating natural phenomena are often featured in her music, as she explores the sonic possibilities of the wonders found in her daily life, including her imperfect skin, the origin of the universe, and forests. She constantly takes inspiration from non-musical sounds, including the sound of rustling leaves, the beeping of morse code, and the beating of the heart. She composes for orchestras, chamber ensembles, and solo instruments. She is also an avid electronic/computer music geek.
Yvonne’s music has been performed at Atlantic Music Festival, HighScore Festival, Oregon Bach Festival, EAMA Institute, and many more. She was awarded “the best female film composer” by Toronto Women's Film Festival, in 2021. Her work was selected as the finalist in the Morton Gould Young Composer Competition. She is on artist residency with Nomadic Soundsters from 2021 to 2022.
Currently, she is working on her master’s recital, “Forever, I will be a baby bird”. She also writes poetry and skateboards.