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.
For more information, visit his website at https://www.chewjunan.com.