Yifeng Yvonne Yuan 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, performer, and media artist, born and raised in China, and currently lives between Santa Barbara and Los Angeles. Currently, she is a Ph.D. student in music composition and a master’s student in Media Art and Technology at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Yvonne is the winner of the 2023 SFO Call for Score, the Corwin Award at UC Santa Barbara, and is honorably mentioned at IAWM's Search for New Music Competition. She has studied with Joao Oliveira and JoAnn Kuchera-Morin at UCSB. She has studied with Richard Danielpour, Kay Rhie, and Ian Krouse at UCLA.
Yvonne draws inspiration from the sound of nature and the ritualistic practice of humans before language was invented. 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 orchestra, and chamber ensembles, and is an avid electronic/computer music enthusiast. Her music has been featured at Music of Time VIitasaari Finland, International Contemporary Ensemble's Ensemble Revolution, HighScore Festival, Oregon Bach Festival Composers' Symposium, Atlantic Music Festival, EAMA Institute, and many more.
As a vocalist/live sound artist, Yvonne played at the Other Art Fair Los Angeles in April 2023. Her multimedia work "Memory..memory..." was performed at the Santa Barbara Center of Art, Science, and Technology in June 2023.
In her free time, Yvonne writes poetry and skateboards in her basement. She also has a rock band.