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Yi-Ning Lo

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Yi-Ning Lo, born in 1995, is a composer and a pianist from Taiwan. Over her career, she has shown particular interests in incorporating literature and music. She has found ample inspirations for both vocal and instrumental compositions from reading literature. Ranging from western poems to ancient Chinese poetry and Japanese haikus, she has composed multiple works integrating music and texts. These compositions include About Solitude, Blackmud, and The Tune of Ru Meng Ling. Her current project is to create a piece that combines sounds, literature, and theatrical elements. In addition, Lo has extensive experience writing for ensemble music. One of her ensemble works, Woven Veins, won the Christine Clark/Theodore Front Prize in 2019. This piece was later broadcasted on the radio show “Music of our Mothers”, and honored in the fall journal issued by the International Alliance for Women in Music.


Throughout her composition journey, Lo has won top prizes from many competitions. She was awarded the third prize of the Robert Avalon International Competition in 2020, the Belle S. Gitelman Award in 2020, the third Prize of the International Eduardas Balsys Young Composers Competition in 2019, the Wayne Brewster Barlow Prize in 2019, and the Christine Clark/Theodore Front Prize in 2019 for new music competition by the International Alliance for Women in Music (IAWM).


Lo is currently pursuing a DMA degree in composition at the Eastman School of Music, where she studies with Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon. She holds a MM degree at the Eastman School of Music and Bachelor of Fine Arts from National Taiwan Normal University.


Lo has immersed herself in writing for a variety of instrumentations. She has pieces for solo instruments, chamber music, orchestra, and works that include voices. Aside from acoustic music, she is currently exploring electronic music to enrich her compositional styles. She strongly believes in diversity in musical genres, styles, and aesthetics, and has adhered to this concept when composing.


As a pianist, she dedicates herself to playing both standard repertoire and contemporary music. In 2017, she held a solo recital at the National Taiwan Normal University. She has performed in multiple recitals held by the Eastman Piano Department since 2018. Other than standard repertoire of solo music, Lo has also highly engaged in ensemble music and new music. She currently holds a position of ensemble pianist in the Eastman School Symphony Orchestra. She has also performed with OSSIA New Music multiple times since 2018. She is passionate about playing pieces created by herself and other contemporary composers.


For more information, please visit https://www.yininglo.com.

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