Yu-Chun Chien was born in Taiwan in 1987. She holds degrees from Manhattan School of Music and Taipei National University of the Arts. She is currently pursuing her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Manhattan School of Music, where she studies with Dr. Reiko Füting and serves as a teaching fellow in the College theory department and as a faculty member in the Precollege Division. Some of her most influential teachers have been Susan Botti, Chung-Kun Hung, Tsung-Hsien Yang, and Wan-Jen Huang.
Yu-Chun Chien is active in attending various competitions, concerts, festivals and residencies, such as June in Buffalo, Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt, impuls International Ensembles and Composers Academy for Contemporary Music, Asian Composers League Conference and Festival, Etchings Festival, the Loretto Project, ICEBERG New Music: Composer’s Collective and so forth. Her compositions have been performed in Taiwan, the United States, Germany, France and the Netherlands. She has received several awards and worked with many renowned artists, including the Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR, the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Singal, the ECCE ensemble, loadbang, Blueshift Ensemble, David Gilbert, Brad Lubman, Pablo Rus Broseta and Georges-Emmanuel Schneider. She has participated in master classes with Pierluigi Billone, Brian Ferneyhough, Mark Andre, Beat Furrer, Fabien Lévy, Franck Bedrossian, Raphael Cendo, Isabel Mundry, Steven Stucky, Eivind Buene, Henrik Hellstenius, David Dzubay, David Felder, Josh Levine, Jeffrey Mumford and Joel Hoffman. Her orchestra and ensemble pieces have been published by the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra. Yu-Chun Chien constantly searches for new means of expression, which can be transformed in personal and intimate ways.