Chad Cannon is a composer whose style and storytelling interests are quickly launching him to prominence.
His double debut soundtrack releases from 2016 have received global recognition: CAIRO DECLARATION, co-composed with Xiaogang Ye, received a Golden Rooster Award - China's highest film award (equivalent to an Oscar) - for Best Music of 2016, while his score to PAPER LANTERNS received a nomination for Best Original Score for a Documentary from the International Film Music Critics Association (IFMCA), alongside Hans Zimmer's PLANET EARTH II. He also garnered an IFMCA nomination for Breakthrough Composer of the Year, alongside his classmate from Harvard, Justin Hurwitz (LA LA LAND). Recent concert commissions and collaborations include: Hollywood Chamber Orchestra, Qingdao Symphony Orchestra, Beijing Modern Music Festival, Peabody Essex Museum, Farallon Quintet, Kyo-Shin An Arts, and the Barlow Endowment. Chad's new symphonic work, Dreams of a Sleeping World, which pairs 10 paintings by Oscar Oiwa with poetry and music featuring woodwind soloist Mate Bekavac, will receive its premiere by the Slovenia Philharmonic in November 2017.
Fluent in Japanese, Chad works closely with Studio Ghibli legendary composer Joe Hisaishi, acting in 2017 as chief arranger and orchestrator for the world premiere of Joe Hisaishi Symphonic Concert: Music from the Films of Hayao Miyazaki, which opened in Paris, France, in June. They also traveled together to Hiroshima with the World Dream Orchestra for the premiere of Chad's arrangement from Miyazaki's 1986 classic, CASTLE IN THE SKY. Under Conrad Pope, Chad has orchestrated on major motion pictures, including Peter Jackson's THE HOBBIT trilogy, Gareth Edwards' GODZILLA, and Chris Renaud's SECRET LIFE OF PETS. He is credited with Tim Williams on James Gunn's blockbuster, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, VOL. 2, which pulled almost $900 million at the box office.
With the goal of creating more opportunities for young composers to engage in cultural exchange around the Pacific region, Chad founded the Asia / America New Music Institute (AANMI) in 2014. The organization has presented collaborative concerts in Beijing, Tianjin, Shenyang, Bangkok, Hanoi, Singapore, Okinawa, Seoul, New York, Los Angeles, Utah, and Massachusetts, with a tour of mainland Japan planned for 2018. Participants include Davone Tines, Ryu Goto, Yuga Cohler, Matthew Aucoin, Rachel Lee Priday, Kah Chun Wong, Jun Hong Loh, and Narong Prangcharoen - some of the most accomplished young classical artists in the world. Chad also worked with violinist Midori Goto on her United Nations-supported Music Sharing charity projects, having led eight tours for her in Asia, including Nepal, Myanmar, Bangladesh, and Japan, where she performed for tens of thousands in refugee camps, schools, hospitals, special needs facilities, prisons, and community centers.
Chad holds degrees from Harvard and Juilliard, and was named a Sundance Fellow in the Composer Labs (Documentary), held at Skywalker Ranch in 2016.