BIO

Benjamin Yee-Paulson (b. 1994) is an internationally recognized American composer. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, his music has reached many countries like the UK, France, Belgium, and the USA. His music has premiered in many prestigious places like Carnegie Hall, Jordan Hall, Harvard University, Curtis Institute of Music, Warwick Castle in England, La Schola Cantorum in Paris, and the world opening of Microsoft’s flagship store in New York City. In national composition competitions, Yee-Paulson was awarded first-place in the Costello Competition, first-place in 2019 NEC Contemporary Ensemble Competition, “Emerging Composer” status twice from the Tribeca New Music Festival, third and fourth place from Pikes Peak Young Composers, honorable mention from the Charles Ives Concert Series, and finalist position six times from ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers. Internationally, Yee-Paulson received honorable mention in the Future Blend Project Composition Competition, and was a semi-finalist in the Tampa Bay Symphony’s Composition Competition. He recently signed his first record deal with PARMA Recordings, where his music will be distributed by Naxos in 2020 and be available on Spotify, Apple Music, and Amazon.

 

Yee-Paulson was a composer-in-residence at DePaul University and the Zodiac Music Festival. He studied with Claude Baker, and was one of his last students. Previous mentors include Michael Gandolfi, Kati Agócs, Justin Dello Joio, and Rodney Lister. He was selected for composition master classes with Joan Tower, Samuel Adler, Nico Muhly, and the late Sir Peter Maxwell Davies. Yee-Paulson attended the European American Musical Alliance in 2013 and 2014, an international music program in Paris. Yee-Paulson was a member of the New York Youth Symphony’s Composition Program, leading to several premieres by NYYS instrumentalists. Yee-Paulson’s music has been played by prestigrious groups like like Ensemble Del Niente, the American Modern Ensemble, the American Modern Orchestra, and the New York Youth Symphony. He has also worked with prominent artists like cellist Thomas Mesa, violinist Ilana Zaks, violinist Leonard Fu, violinist Chelsea Kim, harpist Abigail Kent, flutist Min Hee Kim, soprano Andrea Wozniak, and horn player Robert Fant. Other premieres occurred at the Bard Conductor’s Institute, Atlantic Music Festival, Zodiac Music Festival in France, the Mostly Modern Festival, the International Horn Symposium in Belgium, and the Heifetz International Music Institute in the USA.

Photography by Icy Li © 2018

Yee-Paulson is an active solo and collaborative pianist as well, frequently performing his own music and other composers. In 2019, he played in Carnegie Hall as an accompanist for the Garden Wall Duo at the American Protégé Competition. As a pianist, he has also played in Jordan Hall, Boston's historic Old South Church, and Harvard University. Yee-Paulson holds his own private piano studio. Yee-Paulson is also an active film composer, and has written music for numerous short-film soundtracks, audio series, commercial music. His film music was given an Award of Merit for "Best Post-Production" at the Best Shorts Competition.

Yee-Paulson’s music is highly melodic and contrapuntally driven, taking influence from composers of "new tonality." While his music has influence from neo-romanticism and impressionism, his style is also inspired by non-classical genres like jazz and traditional Chinese music. Yee-Paulson is a Doctor of Music student at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music. He has a Master of Music from New England Conservatory, and Bachelors of Music from New York University.

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