Composer and Alum Peiying Yuan Receives Saariaho Birthday Commission


The UMKC Conservatory is pleased to announce that Peiying Yuan (MM Composition, 2010), who is working on her DMA at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, has received a Saariaho Birthday Commission.

In October 2012, Chester Music composer Kaija Saariaho celebrated her 60th birthday. Anssi Karttunen, her great friend and long term collaborator, conceived an idea for a gift to which all her friends, supporters and colleagues could contribute. Chester Music set up a fund from which two young, talented composers were commissioned to write new works which will be premiered during the 2014-15 season.

Kaija Saariaho has chosen the two composers from a shortlist nominated by Esa-Pekka Salonen, Luca Francesconi, Steven Stucky and Anssi Karttunen, all of whom work closely with Saariaho.

Louis Chiappetta has been commissioned to write a 10 minute orchestral piece which will be premiered by the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Peiying Yuan will write a string trio which will be premiered by the Zebra Trio.

Saariaho puts a great deal of effort into creating new opportunities for emerging composers. She gives master classes all over the world, including at Carnegie Hall, Santa Fe Creative Dialogue and CNSM de Paris. Saariaho notes, “The birthday gift I received from my friend Anssi Karttunen, my publisher Chester Music and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra was the finest possible and made me very happy."

Congratulations, Peiying!

For more information, please contact:

Name: Dana Self
Phone: 816-235-2949