Sweeping melodies, resonating chords and rich textures, these are the trademarks of Dan Chadburn, a composer/pianist who invests the New Age/Contemporary Instrumental genre with a uniquely passionate sound. Deeply versed in both classical and modern traditions, Dan is a master of improvisation, or the art of creating in the moment, in response to the stimulus of his immediate environment and inner feelings.
A native of Oregon, Dan began studying classical piano with Maxine Martin at the age of nine. Several times in junior high and high school, Dan was selected as an Oregon Music Teachers Association syllabus winner, giving him the experience of performing in recitals on the state level. He went on to earn a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance at Pacific Lutheran University, where he studied with Dr. Calvin Knapp.
Following three national tours as a pianist and singer/songwriter, and the release of three albums in the Contemporary Christian genre, Dan moved to Los Angeles and enrolled in the film scoring program at U.C.L.A. Soon he was scoring for television and working as a pianist and session musician.
Wanting to further expand his musical vision, Dan eventually moved to London to study electroacoustic composition with two pioneers in the field, Denis Smalley and Simon Emmerson. Considered by some to be on the outskirts of avant-garde, electroacoustic music is commonly void of traditional instruments and melody. Dan earned his Master of Music in Electroacoustic Composition from City University in London.
Since returning to the United States, Dan has continued to compose, record, and perform.
Dan has released six albums in the new age/contemporary instrumental genre:
Solo Piano (1998)
Whispers the Falling Snow (2013)
Keys of Light (2015)
Beyond Words (2016)
Several of his albums have debuted in the Top 10 of the Top 100 chart for Zone Music Reporter, the industry standard for measuring radio airplay worldwide across multiple genres. Additionally, he and his albums have received multiple award nominations from One World Music Radio, Enlightened Piano Radio Network, Zone Music Reporter, Whisperings Radio, WAMA and others. His Keys of Light album appeared on the first ballot for the 58th Grammy Awards in the category of Best New Age Album.
In addition to his own releases, Dan has been featured (alongside other pianists such as Suzanne Ciani, Spencer Brewer, Robin Spielberg, John Coe, and Teddy Guerrant) on several compilation recordings produced for charitable causes. These include The Heart Aid Project (benefiting the victims of the 9/11 tragedy and their families) and Proud and Peaceful (benefiting GALA Choruses). His single, Promise of Hope, was written and recorded for a philanthropic program run by Choice Hotels International, benefiting The Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington and Metropolitan Baltimore.
Because Dan and his music have been deeply inspired by the people and events that shape our world, the profits generated by the sale of several tracks from his albums are donated to specific charitable organizations, including The Sitar Arts Center in Washington, DC, The National Family Resiliency Center, The Tyler Clementi Foundation, Matthew Shepard Foundation, Whitman-Walker Health, and OneOrlando Fund.
Past performance venues have included Carnegie Hall (New York), Symphony Hall (Boston) and The Kennedy Center (Washington, DC). More recently, Dan has performed with his husband and musical collaborator, Tom Nichols, in benefit of charities in Washington, DC, New York, and Oregon.
Dan and Tom reside in the Washington, DC area.