Born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Jun Yi (赵俊毅) began studying piano and music theory at the age of five. He gained admittance into the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing in 2005 and where he studied with Qin Wen Chen, Chen Gang and Tang Jian Ping. After graduation in 2011, Jun Yi began to study in the U.S. at Indiana University, Jacobs School of Music as a student of P.Q. Phan, and completed his master’s degree in May 2013.
Jun Yi has won many awards in various forms of music composition. He won the Second Prize of Taipei Chinese Orchestra International Composition Competition in 2010 with his Chinese orchestral work, Kampung. In December 2010, his first symphonic work Getaran was commissioned and premiered by the Malaysian Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, and was performed in Past & Present—a concert that toured Kuantan, Penang and Kuala Lumpur. In 2012, his Dialogue for pipa, alto sheng and Western ensemble was selected for the Young Composers Project of Beijing Modern Music Festival. In the same year, Jun Yi won the first prize of the Singapore International Competition for Chinese Chamber Music Composition. Jun Yi was also the finalist of 2013 United States ASCAP Morton Gould Prize. In March 2016, Jun Yi’s Guanzi & Orchestra was selected to perform at the 2016 Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra International Composers’ Summit during the Hong Kong Arts Festival. In May 2016, Jun Yi was invited by Janis Claxton, a choreographer based in Edinburgh, to join her in scoring music for her dance research project during her residency at Damansara Performing Arts Centre, Malaysia.
Jun Yi is now the Composer-In-Residence of Vivo Experimental Orchestra from Malaysia and The TENG Company from Singapore. Jun Yi’s music has been performed in many places, including Malaysia, Singapore, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, United States, and Canada. As a pianist and cellist, Jun Yi plays classical repertoire as well as free improvisations with musicians in Kuala Lumpur, Beijing, and New York City.