Chrysanthe Tan is an autistic Cambodian-Greek-American composer, violinist, singer-songwriter, and poet. As a solo artist, she performs electroacoustic music incorporating violin, looping pedals, vocals, and other instruments. As a composer, she gravitates toward intimate solo & chamber music that incorporates spoken text. Throughout most of 2015, she toured the world as pop star Ariana Grande's violinist on the Honeymoon Tour, playing in arenas across North America, Europe, and Asia. In 2015, she released her debut album, Stories, comprised of chamber music for piano, strings, and electronics, and she is currently working on her second album, called Homecoming.
Last year, Chrysanthe also had the pleasure of participating as an ASCAP composer in the Lyric Project, composing music for the experimental feature film Mono, and scoring Marvin Lemus's short film "Vamonos," which premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival and went on to Frameline, Outfest, Outfest Fusion, CineArts, San Diego Latino Film Festival, Maryland Film Festival, and more. In December, Chrysanthe launched a Patreon page as a new means for her to share more compositional and experimental work and better connect with the people supporting the diversity of her art-making. Today, she fills her schedule with commissions for concert music (specializing in text/poetry + music pairings) and custom lullabies.
Aside from composing and touring, Chrysanthe is active in the contemporary classical performance scene as a soloist, collaborator, and one half of the violin+guitar duo Duo Meranti, a Balkan, folk, and contemporary classical project with composer/guitarist Sean Hayward. Among their extensive repertoire is a set of new Macedonian pieces by Miroslav Tadic, written especially for them.
In addition to her credits with Ariana Grande, Chrysanthe has an extensive television resume (Glee, 1600 Penn, America's Next Top Model, American Music Awards, MTV Movie Awards, etc) and has performed, toured, and recorded with numerous artists including Bastille, Paul Anka, Alicia Keys, Common, Lupe Fiasco, Nicki Minaj, Halsey, Skylar Grey, Jennifer Hudson, Marc Anthony, Marco Antonio Solís, Cheyenne, Justin Bieber, David Foster, ZZ Ward, Frank Ocean, Dumbfoundead, and Hélène Segara.
As a writer, Chrysanthe has written a full-length poetry manuscript (Surveillance Notes), two chapbooks (Songs and The Real Reasons I Have a Cat), been published in The Volta 365, DUM DUM Zine, and Selfish Magazine, and is currently writing an e-book on traveling plant-based on a budget. She is a graduate of Stanford University (Creative Writing and Music), California Institute of the Arts (MFA in Creative Writing), and is currently pursuing a second MFA (in Composition and Violin Performance at CalArts.
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