Shaun Chen is a composer, conductor, and violinist whose work spans concert and film music, musical theatre, and music/sound design for the stage. He has most notably received acclaim for his new silent film score to Carl Dreyer’s The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928) for 5 voices and chamber orchestra, premiered live to picture in 2019 by the Berklee Silent Film Orchestra. Other recent world premieres include his string quartet 6 Impossible Things Before Breakfast by the JACK Quartet (2018) and Dreamscapes I, II, III for large ensemble by Richard Carrick’s Neither/Nor Ensemble (2020).
Born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Chen began his extensive training in classical music at the age of 5 with the piano. 4 years later, after witnessing an unforgettable performance of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, he set his sights on the violin and began performing in various orchestras and ensembles. It was during those formative years when his love for the orchestra blossomed, along with the musical exposure and knowledge that would later propel his creative pursuits. After a year at the International College of Music in Kuala Lumpur, Chen moved to the United States to further his studies in composition, film scoring, and conducting at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, where he graduated from in 2020. He currently resides in Los Angeles, collaborating frequently with composers Tom Howe, Nathan Whitehead, Jim Dooley, Chanda Dancy, and George Shaw.