Tony Chen Presents A Newly Orchestrated Version of Yiruma's "Kiss the Rain" 

How are you? Officially we are entering into June, have you prepared to welcome the summer? Let me share with you a new cover music from me. Many people love the Korean pianist Yiruma's romantic and new age piano solos. One of the famous pieces is called "Kiss the Rain", and in this cover, I'd like to create something different from a simple piano solo cover, but to present everyone a newly orchestrated version of the piece. And I hope this is a good musical beginning for you to start the new month!

New Theory Exclusive with New Age & Contemporary Instrumental Composer, Tony Chen By Rachel Dares 

I had the great pleasure of sitting down with New Age & Contemporary Instrumental Composer, Tony Chen.

Rachel Dares: What are your earliest musical memories?

Tony Chen: You’ll probably find this pretty funny, but I would have to say my early musical memories were not my fondest. I felt I was “forced” by my parents to learn to play the piano.

Rachel Dares: What led you to become a composer?

Tony Chen: In middle school, as a teenager, I was selected by my teacher to play a piano duet with another classmate for our school’s art festival event. That was the time when I started becoming a bit more interested in playing music. I discovered that my classmate could play music by ear (a gift of hearing a piece of music and being able to play it on the piano without reading a music sheet), I found this very fascinating and started exploring this technique myself.

During the 90’s, the New Age composer Yanni was very popular in China, his music is a combination of electronic music and a full orchestra. Around this time, I started to explore electronic keyboards, and later connected it to computers. I was about 16 or 17 years of age, when I began composing my own musical pieces using computer technology. It was at this time, that I also became captivated with film soundtracks, especially, Disney films and its musicals.

In 2003, I left China for the UK to study music and ventured in the pursuit of a music career. It’s history ever since.

Rachel Dares: How would you describe your music?