Juan Chattah

Title/Position: Assistant Professor, Theory and Composition


Why did you choose music as your career?

Imagine when your job and your passion are one and the same!

What do you consider are the most outstanding highlights of your professional life to date?

—Interacting informally with great performers (Martha Argerich, Shura Cherkasski, Paul Badura Skoda)

—Performing pieces for the composers themselves (Ton de Leeuw, György Ligeti, Ellen Taaffe Zwillich)

—Exchanging ideas with great theorists (Matthew Shaftel, Michael Buchler, Yayoi Uno Everett, Robert Hatten, and so many others!)

What do you hope to pass on to your students?

I hope my students will learn how to think (rather than what to think).

What’s on your i-phone?

Recorded lectures on Quantum theory, famous speeches, and various film soundtracks.

Finish the statement, “Music is…”

Music is forever.

Short Biography:
Juan Chattah is assistant professor of theory and composition at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. He holds a M.M. and a Ph.D. in Music Theory and Composition from Florida State University, a B.M. in Piano Performance from the Utrecht Conservatorium (The Netherlands), and a Certificate of Music Education from the Conservatorio de Musica in Cordoba (Argentina). As theorist, his primary research interest concerns the application of models drawn from linguistics and critical theory to the analysis of film music. Recent research has been presented at the Music and the Moving Image (New York 2009), College Music Society (Portland 2009 / Salt Lake City 2007), Semiotic Society of America (Houston 2008 / New Orleans 2007), Sound, Music and the Moving Image (London 2007), Electroacoustic Music Society (Leicester 2007), Symposium of Research in Music Theory (Indiana 2006), and Music Theory Southeast (Athens 2007 / Miami 2005). 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. As a pianist, he studied in The Netherlands under Herman Uhlhorn and David Kuyken, and participated in Master Classes with Michel Beroff, Ivan Moravec, and Paul Badura-Skoda. He performed extensively in Europe and Latin America, and his students have won numerous national and international competitions including the Cypress College Piano Competition, Southwestern Youth Music Festival, Music Teacher’s Association of California Concerto Competition, Virginia Waring International Competition, and Alice Kitchen Scholarship Competition. In his free time he enjoys a challenging game of racquetball.

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