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Chad Cannon graduated from Harvard College in 2011, with an emphasis on composition and Japanese studies. His most recent work, A Thousand Years in Shuri, was awarded a Thomas Temple Hoopes Prize as his Senior Honors Thesis, and was premiered in Paine Hall by some of his peers, including Deutsch Grammophon violinist Ryu Goto. In 2010, Chad was named a recipient of the Office for the Arts at Harvard`s Artist Development Fellowship in recognition of "exceptional talent and artistic promise." He used this grant to support his summer studies in Los Angeles with film composer Chris Bacon (Source Code, The Dark Knight, and King Kong) and at the European American Musical Alliance, held at La Schola Cantorum in Paris under the direction of Dr. Philip Lasser of The Juilliard School. He also received a Henry Rosovsky Undergraduate Thesis Grant from the Reischauer Institute for Japanese Studies to support his ethnomusicology and composition studies in Okinawa.
A recipient of the Paine Fellowship, given by the Harvard Music Department, Chad spent part of the summer of 2011 in Aspen, Colorado, attending the Susan and Ford Schumann Center for Composition Studies Film Scoring Program. There, he and the four other members of the program had their works recorded by the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen Orchestra. They also had opportunity to work closely with film composers Tyler Bates (300, Watchmen), Jeff Rona (Gladiator, The Thin Red Line), and Patrick Kirst (Mr. Magorium`s Wonder Emporium, Disneynature`s Earth). He also used this fellowship to conduct further research on music in East Asia, including Southern China (Fuzhou, Quanzhou, Xiamen, Shanghai and Hong Kong), Korea (Pusan), Okinawa (Naha and Urasoe), and mainland Japan (Fukuoka and Tokyo). Looking forward to a world that is quickly becoming a global village, Chad hopes to forge a compositional voice that can be representative of the era in its ability to synthesize elements from many music traditions. Towards that goal, he is currently composing works for the Asian Contemporary Ensemble, to be premiered in Singapore in 2012 and 2013.
Chad has played the violin since age 4, having studied with Deborah Moench and Jack Ashton in Salt Lake City. As a senior in high school, he was named a Deseret News Sterling Scholar in Music for the state of Utah. The same year, he took first place in the Utah Composers` Guild competition. Before going to Harvard, he spent a year studying composition privately with the late Bruce Reich at UCLA. At Harvard, he studied composition with Chaya Czernowin, Hans Tutschku, Nicholas Vines, and Hannah Lash, chamber music performance with Robert Levin and Daniel Stepner, and ethnomusicology with Richard Wolf. He has been a member of the Harvard University Choir Fellows and the Mozart Society Orchestra, under the direction of Edward Jones. He was also a member of the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra, under the direction of James Yannatos and Federico Cortese. In 2010, Chad was the music director of the Harvard-Radcliffe Dramatic Club`s production of Stephen Sondheim`s Into the Woods, performed at the American Repertory Theater`s Loeb Mainstage. He also composed theme music for the 2011 Crossfit Games, held at the Home Depot Center in Los Angeles. The event was rebroadcast on ESPN2 this fall.
Chad`s pastimes include doing extreme races with his four brothers (an Ironman Triathlon, a 50-mile ultramarathon, and four marathons) and eating sushi as often as possible. He is currently a student of Robert Beaser at The Juilliard School.
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