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Christine Pan : Associate Artist

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Photo: Ester Maria Wong

Christine Pan is a Sydney-based composer known for her versatility in style and malleability in form. Her works intertwine Australian and Asian musical aesthetics and are often developed from social-cultural and philosophical frameworks. She has composed for physics professors and engineers to dancers and orchestras, often with a strong feeling of musical dramaturgy and demonstrates a poetic sense of musical trajectory. Pan has just completed her Honours under the kind guidance of Ben Carey and Myfany Turpin at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

During her undergraduate studies, Pan collaborated with USYD where she wrote music for USYD's Innovation Week Gala Dinner and conducted the Sydney Convertorium Chinese Music Ensemble. In 2018, Pan began her career as a game music composer at No Moss Studios and her tracks has been showcased at Melbourne Pax and other conventions. Her works were soon premiered and published internationally, most notably Midnight Mission in Italy which was shortlisted out of 8000 submissions in the Kaleidoscope-2020 Call for Scores. Her chamber works have been performed by the Goldner Quartet, Ensemble Offspring, Kuringai Youth Orchestra, Ensemble Terra and the Judgement of Paris and has received notable commissions for Vivid Sydney and Musica Viva. Her piece for solo cello, A Green Jaded Winter has been published in volume 25 of Women & Music: A Journal of Gender and Culture. While her viola solo piece, Shadow Work, was premiered by WASO associate principal violist Alex Brogan in Perth Concert Hall in June 2021.

Pan also operates in many inter-disciplinary spaces and is experienced in health and music sectors having worked as a composer for Liverpool Hospital palliative care patients. Interested in multi-sensory concert experiences, she has also curated her own concert Spill The Tea, a series of solo chamber works inspired and paired with five different types of tea. The series has since developed into Tea Break, series of Concerts in Moana Hall, WA in collaboration with Tenth Muse Initiative for Fringe World 2022.

In 2022, Pan will be premiering an audio-visual work at Konzertprojekt's Sound Stories Concert supported by the City of Sydney. She will be continuing her composer residency for Filipinx play, Salt Baby produced by Asian-Australian led theatre company, Ka-llective. ABC Classic will record her solo harp piece, to be premiered by harpist Kate Moloney and members of Orchestra Victoria will be performing Pan's musical adaption of Introducing Teddy, Jessica Walton's children's picture book, as part of Midsumma Festival. She is delighted to have a new chamber work to be premiered by Corvus at the Fairbanks Summer Festival in Alaska as part of the Composing in the Wilderness Program. In the meantime, Pan hopes to continue her residency with Groundswell AU at Camden hospital writing music for the palliative unit and perform with her quintet, Somnus Quintet.

Christine Pan — current to January 2022

Studied with

Ursula Caporali (2017 - 2019)

Amanda Cole (2018)

Paul Stanhope (2019)

Carl Vine (2020)

Benjamin Carey (2021)


Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Digital sheet music sample Shadow Work : solo viola (2021) Composed for WASO Composition Project 2021
Digital sheet music sample Chronicles of the Ego : for string quartet (2020) Commissioned by Geoff Stearn for performance by Musica Viva Australia.