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REYLON YOUNT

Yangqin

Reylon is a Chinese American yangqin player breathing new life into his instrument through performance, songwriting, and improvisation. Based in London, he co-directs Tangram, an artist collective exploring new music of the Chinese diaspora. Reylon grew up in San Francisco, training in classical yangqin performance locally and at the Beijing Central Conservatory of Music. He now enjoys working across contemporary classical, experimental, and alternative folk scenes.

In 2014, Reylon became the first American to enter a professional yangqin competition in China, where he won a silver prize at the Baotou International Yangqin Arts Festival. Reylon has received mentorship from Gangqin Zhao, Yangqin Zhao, Huang He, Susan Kennedy, David Williamson, Yo-Yo Ma, Wu Man, Wu Tong, Hans Tutschku, and Vijay Iyer. In 2016, he graduated from Harvard College with a bachelor's degree in Environmental Science and Public Policy and a secondary in East Asian Studies. Currently, Reylon is pursuing two master's degrees in music, supported by a Marshall Scholarship and a Tier 1 Exceptional Talent visa, for which Arts Council England endorsed him as a "future world leader" in music.

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