Alison Yun-Fei Jiang

Alison Yun-Fei Jiang
Cohort Year: 2017
Advisor(s): Sam Pluta
Research Interests: contemporary orchestral music, musical form, repetition
Education: MM, New York University; BM, Manhattan School of Music


Canadian composer Alison Yun-Fei Jiang explores the intersections of genres and cultural ideologies by drawing inspirations and influences from an array of sources such as Chinese traditional folk music, film music, popular music, literature, Canadian landscapes, and Buddhism, creating music with epic melodic gestures in a lyrical, dynamic and colorful nature. In her recent works she incorporates themes of cultural displacement, contemplating on the clashing and merging of cultural identities manifested in her own musical language. Alison is a Carrefour Composer-In-Residence with the National Arts Centre Orchestra of Canada (2020-22). She has collaborated with ensembles such as the Esprit Orchestra, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, National Youth Orchestra of Canada, JACK Quartet, the Wet Ink Ensemble, Imani Winds, Molinari Quartet and Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra. Her music has been broadcast on CBC Radio 2 and performed in venues including Symphony Center (Chicago), Koerner Hall (Toronto), and the DiMenna Center for Classical Music (New York), featured in the Royal Conservatory of Music 21C Festival and the University of Toronto New Music Festival. Awards and recognitions come from ASCAP, the SOCAN Foundation, the Graham Sommer Competition for Young Composers, the American Prize and International Alliance for Women in Music.

Teaching Experience

Harmony and Voice Leading I
Intro to Music: Material and Design