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Ian Yan

Ian Yan


Hello! My name is Ian, and I am a composer, orchestrator and pianist from Hong Kong, based in New York City. I am a rising senior at Columbia University, where I am pursuing a double major in Music and English and Comparative Literature.

I am heavily involved with music on campus, as a Music Director of the Columbia Pops Orchestra, Columbia Musical Theatre Society and also as the Composer/MD for the 126th Annual Varsity Show – an annual full-length musical satirising student life at Columbia. After postponing our show in May 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we began a large-scale overhaul of our show, adapting it for a full-length, online movie format that premiered in early January 2021. For this show, my work included:

• Composing all music, working in tandem with a Creative Team including Lyricist, Writers, Director, Producers, Choreographer, Stage Manager and Art Director.
• Teaching music to a 13-person ensemble cast, including playing piano in music and choreography rehearsals.
• When production moved online, continuing to teach music via 1-on-1 Zoom sessions.
• Assembling and coordinating a pit band of 13 musicians spread across the US.
• Playing keyboard parts and programming all MIDI tracks.
• Co-orchestrating music and supervising all orchestrations.
• Being responsible for all aspects of Music Recording, Production and Mixing, to create professional quality recordings and cast album (Link to the album is in this profile)

Aside from musical theatre, I work as a freelance film composer, and between school terms am active on (what’s left of) the Hong Kong jazz scene as a keyboard player.

(Picture by Soorim Lee)


  • NYC/Tri-State Area
  • Other Countries

Interested in touring?

  • No

Hireable as

  • Theatrical Composer (Music only)
  • Music Director/Conductor (Pianist)
  • Music Director/Conductor (Not Pianist)
  • Vocal Director and/or Choral Prep
  • Music Assistant
  • Songwriter
  • Orchestrator
  • Vocal Arranger
  • Music Copyist
  • Music Transcriber
  • Pit Musician (Keyboards)
  • Sound Designer/Composer
  • Recording Studio Engineer
  • Home Studio Whiz
  • Class/Voice Lesson/Rehearsal Pianist

My Instruments

  • Piano
  • Synth - keyboards


  • Logic
  • Sibelius



Current HS, College, or Grad Student?

  • Yes


  • He/Him