Charlie Chan (they/them) is an award winning Australian pianist/composer. With a career spanning decades, Charlie is one of Australia’s most sought-after composers; a pioneer in combining innovative technology with music. They are a passionate collaborator alongside fellow musicians, filmmakers, documentarians, tech visionaries and artists.
Charlie’s prolific career includes compositions for screen & stage, multiple critically-acclaimed solo albums, and performances in some of the most renowned Australian and international venues and locations, from the Sydney Opera House to the United Nations and NASA.
Charlie recognised early on the possibilities of digital technology, both to create and market their own music, as well as the music of others. They bring broad-ranging musicality, technical innovation, entrepreneurial flair and contagious energy to all their endeavours.
A true digital innovator, Charlie operates at the intersection of technology and creativity, and believes strongly that creativity is essential to qualify, test, exploit and improve the innovations around us. In a world increasingly dominated by technology, Charlie believes creativity and creative thinkers are increasingly important to push the boundaries of that technology and challenge its outcomes.
In 2013, Charlie founded the Global Orchestra. Connecting musicians from around the world, its ambitious vision is to use music as an agent for social and environmental change. Utilising state-of-the-art technology, its concerts have involved millions of musicians and orchestras in more than 350 locations globally. In partnership with Accenture in 2017 Charlie founded the Interactive Orchestra, an extension of the Global Orchestra, to showcase the convergence of technology and creativity. It used artificial intelligence and machine learning to showcase a a marimba playing robot improvising with a jazz ensemble.
In November 2019 Charlie performed at the United Nations General Assembly in New York as part of the UNICEF summit held on World Children’s Day to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Together with PS22 Chorus, a 60-strong children’s choir from Staten Island, Charlie performed ther original song We The Children commissioned for Damon Gameau’s climate change documentary 2040.
Charlie is a highly sought-after public speaker, in 2018 they spoke and performed at NASA.
A passionate meditation advocate, Charlie is also creator of Museful Live, providing meditation through music, to both live audiences and via broadcast-quality live streams.
Current Projects : Constellation 52 Solo Piano Albums in a Year & the documentary Dani Laidley.
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