About

Shaun Chen is a Malaysian composer and conductor based in Los Angeles, whose work spans music for film, television, interactive media, and theatre. 

 

He began his journey in Hollywood assisting film composers such as Nathan Barr, Nathan Whitehead, Jim Dooley, Tom Howe, Chanda Dancy, and George Shaw. Since then, Shaun has gone on to write additional music on various films and television series including "Chicago Party Aunt" (Netflix), “FBI: Most Wanted Season 2” (CBS), “The Defeated (Netflix), “Cinderella And The Little Sorcerer” (Gold Valley Films), “Dating A Killer” (Lifetime), and the Sky Studios murder documentary series “Murder At The Cottage”, directed by six-time Academy Award nominee Jim Sheridan. Upcoming scoring work includes a Dreamworks animated series alongside George Shaw and a Netflix Original documentary series.

 

In 2019, Shaun was the recipient of the Georges Delerue Endowment for Outstanding Achievement in Film Scoring and the Jim Reyes Award for Outstanding Vocal Composition. He later went on to receive the Tibor Pusztai Award for Outstanding Achievement in Conducting in 2020. He has most recently been nominated for Best Original Music and Sound Design (Dance) in the 17th Boh Cameronian Arts Awards 2020 for his original score to Shades of Shadow, premiered as part of Mixed Bill of Contemporary Dance Works featuring Kenny Shim Collective and Mobius Dance.

Born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Shaun began his 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, Shaun moved to the United States to further his studies in composition, film scoring, and conducting at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, from which he graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2020.

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