Charlie Chaoli Sun
Born and raised in China, Charlie moved to the U.S. at the age of 21 as an international student. He studied the art of theatre and filmmaking at Rhodes College and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). He then met his first music mentor Williams Harper at SAIC and began his interest in composition.
Charlie served the U.S. Army from 2015 to 2019, through which he gained his U.S. citizenship. Charlie had taught himself music theory during the time and continued his study of music composition under the mentoring of James Grant. After leaving the Army, Charlie moved to Los Angeles and continued his journey as a media composer through the Film Scoring program at UCLA extension.
Growing up with the classical Chinese Wuxia (martial heroes) culture, Charlie is also a fan of the ancient Chinese poems. His favorite Chinese video game is “The Legend of Sword and Fairy 3”.
Charlie’s favorite composers include John Williams, Bill Brown, Jeremy Soule, Yuki Kajiura, and Peter Lieuwen.
In his free time, Charlie likes to go hiking. He also wishes to own a Border Collie.
Prior to his career as a composer, Charlie was active on stage and camera. He participated in major roles of Shakespeare, musical and drama. He also studied improvisation in the Second City in Chicago . In 2013 he produced his awarded short film “International Student”. He also created “The Charlie Show” on YouTube while studying video and performance art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC).