Shaun Chen believes that the creative process began by the composer does not come to an end until the music reaches the ears of the listener. He strives to bridge the gaps between the composer, performers, and listeners through highly informed interpretation and mindful decisions driven by a musicological understanding of the composers’ intentions, knowledge of historical performance practice and traditions, a cognizance of the psychological approaches required to facilitate effective communication with the orchestra, and most importantly the ability to read the music beyond the page to suit the circumstances of the performance. In addition to the standard repertoire, Chen enjoys collaborating with the contemporary composers of today in bringing their music to life.
Chen is the 2020 recipient of the Tibor Pusztai award for outstanding achievement in conducting. He is the 2019/20 Music Director of the Berklee Motion Picture Orchestra, and the Assistant Conductor of the Berklee Contemporary Symphony Orchestra. Other orchestras he has worked with include the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Berklee Silent Film Orchestra and the Film Scoring Studio Orchestra.
Founded by Gabriela Gómez Estévez in 2015, the Berklee Motion Picture Orchestra is a cross-collegiate student organisation based at Berklee College of Music with members from its home school, the Boston Conservatory at Berklee, Boston University, MIT, and Northeastern University. Its prime objective is to promote and celebrate film music by creating new live performances that will appeal to fans around Boston and the world. Serving as an educational tool, the group provides a developmental space for students interested in arranging, performing, and conducting orchestral music. Previous Music Directors include Mona Seyed-Bolorforosh (2017/18) and Christian-Frédéric Bloquert (2018/19).