Ian Chen is a composer, orchestrator, and experimental musician currently based in Los Angeles, California. He holds a Master of Music degree in Music Composition from NYU, and has worked on numerous projects for various medias, including film, television, video games, as well as dance and theatre. He’s had clients from all around the globe, including game and animation artist Ivan Khoroshev from Russia, and filmmaker Raju Gurung from Nepal.
Ian has most recently completed the score for journalist/filmmaker Dongnan Chen’s documentary THE TRAIL FROM XINJIANG, which went on to win the Excellence in Documentary Short Filmmaking award at the Asian American International Film Festival in New York. Currently wrapping up the score for Raju Gurung’s Nepalese film BICYCLE DREAMS, Ian is also working on numerous concert works, such as the soundtrack for an hour-long modern dance routine with choreographers Elena Demyanenko and Dai Jian, which is scheduled to be performed at New York City’s Joyce Theatre in Spring 2014.
Alongside compositional works, Ian is also a prolific orchestra conductor and performer. In 2009 he founded the Cornell Chinese Music Ensemble (CCME) in Ithaca, NY, and has lead the ensemble to grow into a 30-piece modern Chinese orchestra. In 2011, Ian performed as a dulcimer soloist with the famous Taiko drumming group YAMATAI in its concert Yamatai PULSE! in front of an audience numbering over a thousand. In addition to being the conductor and music director of the Chinese ensemble, Ian also produced two albums, DREAM OF THE RED CHAMBER and MELODIES FROM THE ORIENT, with CCME containing many arrangements he made for the group. In 2012, he was invited by the New Jersey Buddha’s Light Youth Chinese Orchestra to arrange music for, and conduct in, their 10th anniversary concert.