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Cultivation is the development of culture, which is created over the long-term and with persistence.  Co-funded by composers Janet Jieru Chen and Koji Nakano, the Asian Young Musicians’ Connection ("AYMC") promotes new music by commissioning compositions from Asian composers alongside worldwide professional musicians for its regular concerts in Asia and North America.  AYMC’s mission is to bring full understanding of the importance of bringing Asian composers and professional musicians together through annual concerts and lectures.

 For the inaugural concert, AYMC was delighted to have the internationally acclaimed Borealis String Quartet to perform all new compositions written by some promising Asian composers, as well as one by our senior advisor and composer Shyhji Pan-Chew, Associate Professor in Composition at Taipei National University of the Arts.  The concert was presented at the Soochow University’s Performing Arts Center in Taipei, Taiwan on May 15th 2010. The participating composers came from four different Asian countries: Man Fang (China/USA), Koji Nakano (Japan/USA), Fung Lam (Hong Kong/UK), Janet Jieru Chen (Taiwan/USA) and Chiu-Yu Chou (Taiwan). AYMC also organized a school tour to Soochow University and National Taiwan Normal University where some of the participating composers and the Borealis String quartet gave a lecture about their collaboration to the music students.  
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 -The opening concert and school tours were funded by generous supports of the Canada-Taiwan Music & Art Exchange, Soochow University, National Taiwan Normal University and American Music Center.-
2010 AYMC Composers 
Mandy Fang (China/ USA)
Winner of 2006 American Composers Orchestra Underwood Commission; and
the 3rd Prize of Toru Takemitsu Award 2007 
Fung Lam (Hong Kong/ UK)
Selected to the Commission Project of BBC Radio 3’s Discovering Music programme 
Koji Nakano (Japan/ USA)
Recipient of S&R Washington Award Grand Prize; and American Artists and Museum Professionals in Asia Fellowship from the Asian Cultural Council
Joy Chiu-yu Chou
(Taiwan/ UK)
Winner of National Taiwan Orchestra Symphony Chamber Music Project
Janet Jieru Chen (Taiwan/ USA)
First-prize winner of ALEA III International Composition Competition 2009
Shyhji Pan-Chew (Taiwan)
Associate Professor in Composition at National Taipei University of the Arts
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 Prof. Shyhji Pan-Chew
Concert Programs  
Man Fang: String Quartet “Plucking Lotus” (World Premiere)
Koji Nakano: Time Song III: Reincarnation, “The Birth of a Spirit”
-String Quartet Version- (World Premiere)
Chiu-Yu Chou:“String Quartet No. 1” (World Premiere)
I. Allegro ben moderato
II. Vivace
III. Grave


Janet Jieru Chen: String Quartet “Summer Echoes from the Valley” (World Premiere)
Fung Lam: “Four Movements for String Quartet” (World Premiere)
I. Pensively
II. Surreal
III. With Energy
IV. Delicate, expressive, and hauntingly beautiful
Shyhji Pan-Chew: String Quartet “The Autumn of Shuang Xi” (World Premiere)
I. Landscape of Mountains
II. Landscape at Dusk
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Borealis String Quartet
violin / Patricia Shih, Yuel Yawney
viola / Nitika Poagrebnoy
cello / Shih-Lin Chen 
                                                                                                                                                                                          Photo Courtesy of AYMC 2010

Announcement for AYMC's New Season!!


In the second season, Asian Young Musicians' Connection continues to expand our artistic visions, collaborating with a wider range of prominent composers and performers across continents.  AYMC is pleased to announce that Dr. Chinary Ung (Cambodia/USA), Professor in Composition at the University of California, San Diego, will be our senior adviser and composer for the second season.  He will join in the concert AYMC New Music Composition Project IIA Confluence of Cultures: Music of the Pacific Rim on June 3rd 2011 at California State University, San Bernardino.  


 Prof. Chinary Ung
 AYMC is also pleased to announce that, under the guidance of Professor Ung, musicians from both Asian and North American will be performing for this special occasion.  The concert will feature Canadian sopranos Stacey Fraser and Anne HarleyAmerican tenor Andrew Crane, Taiwanese pianist Jocelyn Chang, the Duplum Duo from Mexico, and the Duriyasilp New Music Ensemble from Thailand.  


There will be also a lecture with featuring Asian composers hosted by CSUSB on June 2nd.  The musicians will rehearse all the program pieces from June 1st 2011 in the Recital Hall at CSUSB.  All the rehearsals and events will be open to public.  Finally, we hope that the interaction among composers, performers and the public will be a template for an exciting new era in the multicultural music scene.


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                                                                         Janet Jieru Chen is studying her score.
2011 AYMC Composers  
Yii Kah Hoe, Malaysia
 Winner of 2007 Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra Forum for Malaysian Composers; amd the 3rd Prize of International Composition for Chinese Orchestra 2006
Kee Yong Chong, Malaysia/Singapore
Winner of 2nd Seoul International Competition Grand Prix; Lutoslawski Award 2006; International Isang Yun Music Prize (BMW Award) 2007; and Recipient of 2009 Serge Koussevitzky Music Foundation Commission
Chaipruck Mekara, Thailand
Co-Founder/Music Director/Conductor of the Chiangmai Youth Philharmonic Band and Symphony Orchestra; and the Dean of Music Department at Payap University in Chiang Mai, Thailand
 Yumiko Morita, Japan/USA
Recepient of 2007 PatsyLu Prize from the International Alliance for Woman in Music; Winner of 2006 Tom Nee Commission from La Jolla Symphony in San Diego, USA 

Associate Professor in Composition at Chapman University; and Winner of ASCAP Foundation Rudolf Nissim Prize

Visual Artist/Composer/Founder of KOFOMI; and ein klang - records.
Chinary Ung, Cambodia/USA
 Professor in Composition at University of California, San Diego; Winner of International Grawemeyer Award in Composition (1989), called "the Nobel prize for music composition"
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                                                               Koji Nakano is in rehearsal for his new piece.
new works by 
AYMC Founders
Koji Nakano, Japan/USA
Janet Jieru Chen, Taiwan/USA
Board of Advisors
Chinary Ung, Cambodia/USA
Shyhji Pan-Chew, Taiwan
AYMC Global Network Representatives
Yii Kah Hoe, Malaysia
Chaipruck Mekara, Thailand
AYMC Founders
Koji Nakano, Japan/USA
Janet Jieru Chen, Taiwan/USA