Chandre Morales hopes his concert Friday will be a springboard to a career in music.
Morales, a 2016 graduate of Maharishi School, performed a concert in Dalby Hall in the Argiro Student Center to a crowd of 50-60 people. All of the 19 pieces Morales performed were his own compositions, the culmination of years of hard work.
Chandre is 21 years old and has played the piano for nine years, learning from professional opera singer and pianist Patricia Crim. He has been composing for nearly as long, starting when he was about 13 or 14 years old.
Morales was inspired to compose after watching films such as “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Inception” and “The Dark Knight.” German composer Hans Zimmer contributed to the scores on those films. Morales loves how Zimmer uses music to tell a story, and he has set out to do the same in his own compositions.
“After I saw those movies, and I heard their music, I wanted to see if I could do something like that,” Morales said. “When you try to make music that matches an image, it changes the game. You have the match the emotions of the moment [with a score]. That’s what I like.”
Chandre said his own personal style of composing is varied. It ranges from playful to scary to exciting.
Morales enjoys playing classical ragtime pieces such as “The Entertainer” by Scott Joplin, but he’s particularly fond of movie themes. Apart from Zimmer, another composer he deeply admires is John Williams, responsible for some of the most famous film scores such as the “Star Wars” series, “Indiana Jones” series, “Jurassic Park” and “Jaws.”
Morales comes from a very musical family. His older sisters, twins Coral and Melodia, play the guitar, as does his father Jose. Chandre’s mother, Tina, plays not only the guitar but also the cello, saxophone and piano.
“Music was always being played in our house,” Morales said. “I heard all the classical composers like Mozart and Beethoven. I settled on the piano because I didn’t see any other instrument that was as versatile as it. You’ve got the bass and treble clefts in one place.”
Morales’ parents and sisters were born in Chile, but he was born in America. He said his Chilean roots still influence his style, making it a bit more playful than other composers.
His concert attracted 600 views online, including a request for a private composition. Morales said he doesn’t know what his next step is or where the next concert will be, but is happy to dedicate himself to his passion.