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Yan Li

Yan Li

Biography

Yan (rhymes with “gingerbread man”) is a New York based composer/lyricist, music director, writer, and teacher who has worked in all sorts of environments and projects. Very comfortable with new works and old, he loves to build something exciting in a room together with other people, all of them making it up as they go. Yan loves challenges and wrapping his mind/hands around a new score. He can be funny sometimes, given adequate preparation.

Performed Works: DOUBLE-A DAX (Emerson College), BETHUNE: THE MUSICAL (NAAP), MADE IN CHINA (59E59, tour), ENJOY THE RIDE (Barrington Stage/Prospect Theater), SWEET NOTHINGS (Portsmouth University), MISPRINT: 1ST ISSUE (Toronto Fringe Festival), THE PUZZLING DISAPPEARANCE OF YINXING VILLA (Leviathan Lab), Blind (NAAP)

NY Theatre: PROMENADE (NYU), ANNA KARENINA: A RIFF (Notch Theatre), MARGUERITE (APAC), OH WHAT A LOVELY WAR (Marymount), MADE IN CHINA (Wakka Wakka/59E59)

Regional/International: THE FANTASTICKS (Weston Playhouse), AGE OF INNOCENCE (Hartford Stage/McCarter), FROM HERE TO ETERNITY (Ogunquit Playhouse), SIDE SHOW (Trinity Rep), THE BOY FRIEND (Walnut Hill), MAFATU (Live and In Color), AND THE WORLD GOES ROUND (Interplayers), THE ADDAMS FAMILY (White Plains Arts Center), SUNFISH (Daegu Music Festival), THE WIZ (Bravo Academy), DROWSY CHAPERONE (Bravo Academy), PIAF: LOVE CONQUERS ALL (Tone Poet Productions), CANNIBAL! THE MUSICAL (Where’s Noonan Productions), HELLO DOLLY (VOS)

Educational Staff/Class Pianist: Marymount College, AMDA, New York Film Academy, Herbert Berghof Studio, Stella Adler Studio, Barrington Stage Company, Weston Playhouse, Prospect Theater Company, Kaufman Music Center, Chautauqua Institute, Mimes & Mummers, Bravo Academy for the Performing Arts, Walnut Hill School for the Arts, Olashore International School

Education: MFA in Musical Theatre Writing (NYU Tisch), BA in Composition & Piano (University of Victoria, Canada), Piano Performance Diploma Honours with Distinction (Royal Conservatory of Music)

Professional Experience

  • Off Broadway
  • Regional
  • Concerts/Cabaret
  • Education

Regions

  • NYC/Tri-State Area
  • Canada

Interested in touring?

  • Yes

Hireable as

  • Theatrical Composer (Music and Lyrics)
  • Theatrical Composer (Music only)
  • Theatrical Lyricist
  • Music Director/Conductor (Pianist)
  • Music Director/Conductor (Not Pianist)
  • Vocal Director and/or Choral Prep
  • Music Assistant
  • Songwriter
  • Orchestrator
  • Vocal Arranger
  • Incidental Music Composer/Arranger
  • Music Copyist
  • Music Transcriber
  • Pit Musician (Keyboards)
  • Keyboard Programmer
  • Audition Pianist
  • Class/Voice Lesson/Rehearsal Pianist
  • Classroom music teacher at an educational institution
  • Other

My Primary Instrument

  • Piano

My Instruments

  • Accordion
  • Harpsichord
  • Organ
  • Percussion
  • Piano
  • Synth - keyboards

Software

  • Ableton
  • Finale
  • GarageBand
  • Logic
  • MainStage
  • Sibelius
  • Other

Affiliations

  • THE DRAMATISTS GUILD

Pronouns

  • He/Him