James Yan is an Australian-born Film Composer and Conductor currently living in London. James has completed scores for over 30 short films and documentaries, receiving numerous nominations for best score, at Sydney Film School (SFS) and Melbourne Indie film festivals. He received the Best Composer award at the 22nd SFS film festival and the AFTRS academic prize for music scoring for the screen.

After completing his Masters in Composition for Screen at the Royal College of Music, London, James has gone on to contribute music to a variety of short films, documentaries, and a web series. Recently James has contribute music to a variety of  Library Music companies including Universal Production Music, 2nd Foundation Music, Syncly, BMG, Audio Wallpaper and Arrow Production music among others. 

James is developing expertise in applying both traditional and modern scoring techniques to screen productions. His distinctive voice is heard in his intuitive blending of orchestral colors with more contemporary guitar, drum and electronic elements.

Outside of music, James has a passion for traveling and experiencing the cultures of others 'off the beaten track'. An avid photographer, he enjoys capturing nature with a special interest in black and white photography. He currently attends Christ Church Kensington, wherein his Christian faith plays a central role in his life.

Awards & Nominations

Finalist - Young Talent Awards 2018 Krakow Film Music Festival

Top 10 Finalist - International Film Music Competition 2018 Oticons Faculty

Best Composer (Nomination) - The Wooden Sword 2016 27th SFS Festival

Best Score (Nomination) - QUPID 2016 Melbourne Indie Film Festival

Best Composer (Nomination) - Breach 2016 24th SFS Festival

Best Composer (Nomination) - Reverie 2016 24th SFS Festival

Best Composer (Nomination) - Death and Tampon Taxes 2016 23rd SFS Festival

Academic Prize - Music Scoring for the Screen 2015 AFTRS

Best Composer - Iris 2015 22nd SFS Festival

Best of AIM -  Subliminal Hostilities 2014 Australian Institute of Music

Grants & Scholarships

RCM Scholar - Clifton Parker Award 2016-18 Royal College of Music

Grantee - 2016/17 Ian Potter Cultural Trust

Trustees Award - 2016/17 Australian Music Foundation

AIM Academic Scholarship - 2013/14 Australian Institute of Music

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