For over 35 years, composer Steven Chesne has been creating music for the media and the concert hall.
The recordings of Steven Chesne’s Luminous World Orchestra, made the New Age Reporter’s “Top Ten Recordings,” and in many cases, made it to #1 in New Age and Ambient Radio programs around the world.
Chesne has received numerous awards for outstanding achievement for his compositions from several organizations including the International Film Music Critics Association, ASCAP, Billboard, the USC School of Music, ZMR, the USA Songwriting Competition, the International Songwriting Competition, the International Music and Entertainment Awards, the Cloussine Music Awards, the Radio Music Awards, the Global Peace Song Awards, the Global Music Awards, the Hollywood Music in Media Awards, and the John Lennon Songwriters’ Awards.
The Indiefest Film Festival honored Chesne with the Award for Excellence for a Music Score, and the Garden City Film Festival awarded him with 1st Prize for Best Orchestration for a Music Score, the Global Film Awards-Impact Doc Awards honored him with the Award for Excellence for a Music Score, and the Docs Without Borders Film Festival awarded Chesne with the Award for Outstanding Excellence in a Music Score.
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.
Chesne studied film composition with David Raksin and Earl Hagen, and classical guitar/renaissance lute with Pepe Romero and Jim Smith.