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Chloe Charody : Associate Artist

Music that is created from the depth of a composer’s inner essence, free from external judgment, egotism, or facade, expressing only the honesty and integrity of a composer’s psyche is when music and it’s magical vitality is real.

Random Audio Sample: Magic of Goddess Ilythia : from 'The Baudelaire Songs' by Chloe Charody, from the CD Homage

Photo of Chloe Charody


Chloé Charody was born on 22 August 1984 in Sydney, Australia, of Hungarian / Australian heritage. Charody's unique sound in combination with the innovative staging of her music - a dynamic fusion of opera, classical music and circus that she has developed with long time colleague Sonja Schebeck (violinist) - has received exceptional reception by critics, the media and audiences worldwide. Charody & Schebeck's revolutionary work is paving a new path for classical music in the 21st century.

In 2011, Charody's circus opera The Carnival debuted on London's West End at Leicester Square Theater. The Carnival became an instant success and immediately went on to run sold-out shows across Europe, Australia and the United Kingdom. 2011 was also the year that Charody composed the ballet Magdalene in collaboration with librettist / director Malcolm Rock and choreographer Remi Wortmeyer. Magdalene was premiered on 27 March 2011 by the Dutch National Ballet at the Muziektheatre in Amsterdam, with its screen debut at the 2011 International Cindeans Festival in Amsterdam.

In 2007, shortly after her graduation in composition from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Charody was named Young Australian Composer of the Year for her first symphony To Breathe Through Shadows of Decree. In that same year, Charody then went on to compose for television and theatre both nationally and abroad, working with companies such as Warner Music and Song Zu.

In 2008, Chloé began to resent the somewhat 'stale' image of classical music and, alongside work colleague Sonja Schebeck, began the quest to transform the presentation of classical music. Charody & Schebeck founded 'Ilythian' - an ensemble fusing Charody's original classical music with theatrical elements inspired by genres such as circus & vaudeville. From 2008 - 2010, Ilythian toured extensively throughout Australia receiving critical acclaim from press and audiences alike.

In 2010, Charody founded the magazine 'Musiqueart', becoming the first and only street press magazine for classical music and the fine arts within Australia. In that same year, with the support of APRA, Charody founded the educational program 'ReachOut' bringing the music of living Australian composers to regional communities throughout Australia.

In 2012, Charody completed her second symphony and her first concerto for violin, fire & orchestra, The Phoenix. In May 2012 the caprice from The Phoenix was premiered at The Musikverein in Vienna by Ms Schebeck.

In 2013, Charody's circus opera The Carnival opened in Hamburg, Germany. The production received wonderful acclaim from the German press, with each show enjoying predominantly 5-star reviews. Coinciding with opening of this production, Charody's album Homage was released by MGM records.

In that same year, Charody launched her Circus Opera Academy in Sydney & Berlin to train up a generation of opera singers in this niche medium to which Charody has pioneered. In that same year, Charody completed her third ballet-opera The Meadows and second (smaller scale) circus opera The Toybox for students at her Circus Opera Academy.

In 2014 Charody was commissioned to compose her seventh opera, Morning Blossoms. Morning Blossoms is a large-scale operatic musical produced by ODD Continent (with librettist/director Malcolm Rock and choreographer Remi Wortmeyer) in collaboration with the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra. Morning Blossoms will tour The Netherlands on 11 October - 22 November, 2016.

In 2015, Charody's work Variations on an Epitaph (for violin and piano) was released on the album Music for the Journey Home by ABC Classics. In that same year Charody teamed up with songwriter Duncan Townsend to write and create the tablet musical Jingah!.

In 2016, Charody's violin caprice The Phoenix was made into a ballet by Remi Wortymyer for solo violinist and dancer. The work was premiered by the Dutch National Ballet on 24 June 2016, performed by Sonja Schebeck and dancer Joey Masserelli.

Charody currently lives in Berlin Germany and is writing her eight opera Venalon. Charody is signed to leading German music publishers Budde Music / Edition Corona Musikverlag GMBH.

Chloe Charody — current to July 2016

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Digital sheet music sample Magdalene : a ballet opera (2010) Commissioned by The Dutch National Ballet