My name is Yan.
I'm an independent pop-rock singer/songwriter and piano player based in Toronto.
I weave my life experiences, my classical piano training, and my love of performance into original musical work.
I've been playing the piano since the age of five, and writing songs since about the age of 16.
In university I pursued my love for science, graduating in biology and kinesiology.
But music performance and theatre were always the main passions in my life.
While in university I joined a youth theatre collective called JDY Theatre.
Being a part of this group gave me the opportunity to indulge in acting, singing, and songwriting.
In 2017 I wrote eleven songs for the group's original musical ‘The Old House’, and you can find the official published cast soundtrack here.
In 2019 I composed the musical theme for the original play ‘Train for Two’, which the group (including myself) performed on tour in Philadelphia as well as in Toronto.
In April of 2019 I started working on my debut studio album with multidisciplinary Toronto producer and musician Dima Graziani.
This album, titled "Are There Any Rules?", was officially released on August 1st, 2020.
You can listen to it on all streaming platforms here.
This album is composed of nine original songs. Each song has a unique sound, and is inspired by a different person in my life. The album deals with themes of insecurity, family loss, identity struggles, crippling guilt, and heartbreak.
The music is rooted in the indie pop-rock genre, with production elements that range from 80's-inspired synths, to classic-rock electric guitar, to a live church organ.
My album is a story of emotional evolution, of hardship and hope, and primarily, a journey from naivety to clarity.
You can uncover the story of my album in the Album Experience; an audio-visual deep-dive into my creative process that includes behind-the-scenes access and exclusive downloads.
In my spare time I like to exercise (I'm also a personal trainer), read, listen to music,
and spend time outdoors.
Please feel free to message me directly at email@example.com.
I'm always happy to answer any questions and hear your feedback.
I hope that you find your voice in my music.