Dan Chadburn The River of Calm

Forever grateful for the wondrous gift we all share in music, pianist Dan Chadburn believes strongly in the power of music to calm, to inspire, and to heal. 

A native of Oregon, Dan began studying classical piano at the age of nine. Several times in junior high and high school, Dan was selected as an Oregon Music Teacher’s 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. “I was very grateful for the opportunity to learn from these two masters in the genre and grow as a composer.” 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 London’s City University. 

Since returning to the United States, Dan has continued to compose, record, and perform. He has released six albums in the new age/contemporary instrumental genre, including Solo Piano (1998), Reflections (1999), Nocturnes (2012), Whispers the Falling Snow (2013), 
Keys of Light (2015), and Beyond Words (2016). 

Dan’s albums have consistently appeared?in the Top 10 of Zone Music Reporter’s monthly Top 100 chart, the industry standard for measuring radio airplay worldwide across multiple genres. Three of his albums (Nocturnes, Keys of Light, and Beyond Words) reached #1 on One World Music Radio's monthly?Top 100 chart. Additionally, he and his albums have received multiple award nominations from One World Music Radio, Enlightened Piano Radio Network, Zone Music Reporter, WAMA and others.  

Dan's most recent album, Beyond Words, was nominated by?Zone Music Reporter for Best Solo?Piano Album of?2016,?as well as Album of the Year by?Whisperings Solo Piano Radio, 2016 Contemporary and Modern?Album of the Year?at SoloPiano.com, and Solo Piano Album of the Year by One World Music Radio. 

"...astoundingly beautiful...Beyond Words is a standout, a masterpiece, and a true treasure that stays with us long after the final note." 
Dyan Garris at

“Chadburn really opens his heart when he plays, and his sincerity and deep emotion communicate so well both live and in his recordings… 
Kathy Parsons at?MainlyPiano.com 

“One of the most sensitive piano performers on the face of the planet…solo piano has never sounded so good…there are few musicians who can perform compositions like this 
with the style and sensitivity of Chadburn…” 
Steve Sheppard at?One World Music Radio 
“Beautiful and elegant, the songs cascade with joy, celebrating life, love and the ineffable mysteries of creation. A solo piano masterpiece…” 
James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief at?Midwest Book Review

While Dan is highly educated in terms of music theory and technique, 
and is by any measure,?an exquisitely skilled player, 
what comes through in his music is an emotional acuity 
with the power to move one to tears, or uplift the spirit in joy. 
Sometimes understated?and sometimes not, Dan does not seem 
to focus on being flashy or ornate in order to show off?his skill, 
but creates stunningly beautiful melodies that resonate with the heart and soul 
of the listener. Beyond Words reflects a rainbow of feelings that reveal the 
emotional empathy?and deep sensitivity of this most talented artist 
and musical communicator.” 
Michael Diamond at?Music and Media Focus 

In addition to his own releases, Dan has been featured (alongside other pianists such as Suzanne Ciani, Spencer Brewer, and Robin Spielberg) 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). Dan’s 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’s music has been deeply inspired by the people and events that shape our world, the profits generated by the sale of several tracks from Dan’s albums are donated to specific charitable organizations, including The Sitar Arts Center in Washington, DC (“Peter’s Theme” from Nocturnes),?The National Family Resiliency Center (“Anne’s Lullaby” from Nocturnes), The Tyler Clementi Foundation (“Tyler’s Tribute” from Keys of Light), Matthew Shepard Foundation (“Matthew” from Keys of Light), Whitman-Walker Health (“Paul’s Prayer” from Keys of Light), and both?OneOrlando Fund and TheCenterOrlando.org (“Tears of Angels” from Beyond Words).? 

Past performance venues have included Carnegie Hall (New York), Symphony Hall (Boston) and The Kennedy Center (Washington, DC). Dan’s performances with his husband and musical collaborator, Tom Nichols, have often benefited various charities in Washington, DC, New York, and Oregon. Dan and Tom reside in the Washington, DC area. 



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