Photograph © Ella Ronson + Andrew Chen
Andrew Chen is a Melbourne-born, London-based composer, whose recent works have centered on anthropomorphosis and percepts of 'the human' – particularly, the material sources, processes, and catalysts by which one embeds or perceives the embedding of entities within a music. He has collaborated with a number of musicians and ensembles including Wu Wei, Explore Ensemble (UK), The Hermes Experiment (UK), Laefer Quartet (UK), the National Children's Orchestras of Great Britain, and Ensemble Offspring (AUS), and received performances in a number of locations including the National Portrait Gallery, Royal Academy of Arts, and Cadogan Hall.
He also actively maintains a performance practice both as a jazz pianist and free improviser; he was the recipient of the 2021 Dankworth Award for Jazz Composition, and has performed engagements in solo and combo settings at the Royal Albert Hall, V&A Museum, Natural History Museum and other venues.
Most recently Andrew was selected as a Royal Philharmonic Society Composer for 2021, and will be commissioned to write a new work for premiere at the Cheltenham Music Festival 2022. He is also an inaugural ABRSM Composer Mentee, and through his work with the organisation has gained extensive experience and knowledge of the educational publishing industry and the role of new music and living composers within it.
Beyond his own creative practice, Andrew is also a dedicated, passionate advocate for new music and the musicians behind it. He is a member of The Ivors Academy's Youth Council, a cross-genre advisory body whose primary aim is to empower young music creators, through its work both as an educational platform and advocacy group for young people’s views and concerns to the music industry as a whole. He is also a Producer at ScoreFollower, the world’s most widely distributed free-to-access online platform for the dissemination of works by living composers, and other related media.
Andrew previously studied at the Royal College of Music, London, with Alison Kay, Simon Holt, and Jonathan Cole, as a
Noël Coward Composition Scholar.