Born in Taiwan, Yi Yiing Chen is a composer whose music has been described as “very different, showing the composer’s versatility and breadth of range and influence” and “an exciting amalgam of eastern and western styles.” Her compositions have been featured by the Tanglewood Music Festival, the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, the New World Symphony, the Collage New Music, the Crossing Borders Music, the Asian Composers League Festival and the Women Composers Festival of Hartford.
She has received awards from the Tanglewood Music Center's Elliott Carter Memorial Composer Fellowship, the NACUSA Young Composers Competition, the LungShan Temple Scholarship, the NEC Symphony Composition Competition and the NTNU Presidential Scholarship.
Her composition teachers included John Heiss, Michael Gandolfi, Richard Danielpour, Mao-Shuan Chen, and Gordon Chin. Yi Yiing has also studied or worked with many other talented musicians including John Harbison, Oliver Knussen, and Dimitri Murrath.
D.M.A. (New England Conservatory), M.M. (Manhattan School of Music), B.A. (National Taiwan Normal University). Former faculty of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.