James Yan is an Australian Film Composer and Orchestrator based in London. He has completed scores for over 30 short films and documentaries, receiving numerous nominations for best score, at the 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.
A graduate of the Royal College of Music's prestigious Composition for Screen course, he has also contributed music to a variety of U.K. and Australian Production Music companies including Universal Production Music, 2nd Foundation Music, Score Addiction, BMG, Audio Wallpaper and Arrow Production music. His music has been featured on the BBC, Big Ten Network, Eurosport, PBS, CNN, ESPN, Discovery, the NBA and the NFL’s ‘All Access’ 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.
In addition to his work as a composer, he has also worked as orchestrator on a variety of Films, TV Shows and Video Games, including Marvel’s Guardians of The Galaxy for Richard Jacques, Black Adam for Lorne Balfe and Call of Duty Mobile for Audiomachine.
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 Oakhall Caterham, 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