Steven Chesne’s career has spanned symphonic, historical, and world music, as well as music for film and television.
Chesne has composed the scores for over 300 episodes of prime-time, network shows including “Batman: the Animated Series,” “Family Man,” “Family Matters,” “Getting By,” “Girls Across the Lake,” “Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper,” “The Hogan Family,” “Kirk,” “Life Happens,” “Perfect Strangers,” “Step by Step,” “Two of a Kind,” and “Valerie.” The orchestral score for “Batman: the Animated Series” was nominated for an award by the International Film Music Critics Association.
Chesne has also scored 17 theatrical art-house films including “Zen Noir,” “Debating Robert Lee,” “The Trip,” and “No Turning Back,” leading the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) to hold a public reception at the Director’s Guild of America, to honor Steven’s creative contribution to art-house cinema.
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, 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.
In 1995, Chesne was the first person to record an extended symphonic concert work for 80 players, as a multi-track overdub, using nascent digital technology, as reported in Mix Magazine (August 1995), First Reflection Magazine (Fall 1994, vol.7-1), and was featured on NPR’s All Things Considered (host Gene Parrish 91.5 KUSC FM).
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 from several organizations including ASCAP, Billboard, the USC School of Music, and the USA Songwriting Competition.
The recordings of Steven Chesne’s Luminous World Orchestra, “Muses of Aqua,” “Deva,” “Threading the Ether,” and “Moments from the Life Stories of Strangers - Part 1” made the New Age Reporter’s “Top Ten Recordings,” and reached the Top 20, and in many cases, made it to #1, in over 20 different New Age and Ambient Radio programs across the US. “Deva” was nominated for Best Meditation album, and "Moments from the Life Stories of Strangers - Part 1” was nominated for Best Neo-Classic recording by the ZMR international radio broadcasters in the New Age Genre (NAR). “Muses of Aqua” reached #25, “Threading the Ether” reached #16, and “Moments from the Life Stories of Strangers - Part 1” made it to #8 on the international New Age/Ambient Radio Charts."
Steven Chesne with The Luminous World OrchestraLos Angeles, California
These CDs made New Age Reporter’s “Top Ten.” They also reached the Top 20, and in many cases, made it to #1, in over 20
different US New Age and Ambient Radio programs. “Deva” was nominated for Best Meditation album, and “Muses of Aqua” reached #25, "Threading the Ether" reached #16, and "Moments -Pt.1" reached #8, in national New Age radio broadcasts....more