For over 35 years, composer Steven Chesne has been creating music for the media and the concert hall.
In 1993, Chesne was the first person to record an extended symphonic concert work for 80 players, using multi-track digital technology, as reported in Mix Magazine (August 1995) and First Reflection Magazine (Fall 1994, vol.7-1). NPR’s All Things Considered (host Gene Parrish, 91.5 KUSC FM) devoted an entire segment to these recordings of Symphony #2 and Symphony #3. Chesne’s orchestral concert works include 4 symphonies, 2 concertos, 2 orchestral suites, and 2 tone-poems, as well as works for string quartet, woodwind ensemble, and music for theater and ballet. His works have been performed by The Ventura Symphony, The L.A. Modern String Orchestra, The Los Angeles Ars Symphonia Orchestra, The La Mirada Symphony, and Mehli Mehta’s American Youth Symphony, as well as by members of The Los Angeles Philharmonic, The L.A. Chamber Orchestra, The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, and The Pacific Symphony.
The recordings of Steven Chesne’s Luminous World Orchestra, made the International New Age/Ambient Radio Chart’s “Top Ten Recordings,” and reached the Top 20 (and in many cases, made it to #1), in New Age and Ambient Radio programs across the US. His recordings were nominated for Best Neo-Classic recording and Best Meditation Album by the ZMR international radio broadcasters in the New Age Genre (NAR).
Chesne studied film composition with David Raksin and Earl Hagen, and classical guitar/Renaissance lute with Pepe Romero and Jim Smith. He has received numerous awards for outstanding achievement for his compositions and recordings from several organizations including ASCAP, Billboard, the USC School of Music, ZMR, the USA Songwriting Competition, the International Songwriting Competition, the International Music and Entertainment Awards, and the Global Music Awards, the John Lennon Songwriting Awards, the Radio Music Awards, and the Hollywood Music in Media Awards.