Juan Chattah is a music theorist, pianist, and composer. As a theorist, his primary research interest concerns the application of models drawn from linguistics and critical theory to the analysis of music. As a pianist, he studied with David Kuyken, Michel Beroff, Ivan Moravec, and Paul Badura-Skoda, and performed extensively in Europe and South America. As composer, his music ranges from tangos regularly performed by Osvaldo Barrios and the Emory Tango Ensemble, to music interactive electroacoustic music for the dance group Complex Mammal, to children songs for the radio drama series Stories in the Air broadcast internationally through Public Radio International. His concert music is highly influenced by archetypical gestures and moods of film music; recent performances include Film Movements performed by the ASC Orchestra, and Music for Signs performed at the Equinox Concert in the Planetarium at Agnes Scott College.
Recent research has been presented at the Music and the Moving Image, College Music Society, Semiotic Society of America, Sound, Music and the Moving Image, Electroacoustic Music Society, Symposium of Research in Music Theory, and Music Theory Southeast. In his free time he enjoys a challenging game of racquetball.