Donald Quan

Donald Quan

Music Composer

Toronto, Canada

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About Donald


Donald Quan’s music career began when he won a composition competition at the age of 14. That pivotal event started a diverse musical journey that has spanned many idioms, styles and forms.

Born in Toronto and schooled at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Donald is a multi-instrumentalist, playing piano and viola as well as the instruments in his extensive 500+ collection. He has performed and recorded with singer/songwriter Loreena McKennitt for over 15 years, Canadian rock legends Lighthouse, has premiered several new media compositions in concert with the Toronto Tabla Ensemble and has been musical director for the annual Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards.

Donald’s film music company, Q Music, has provided composing and music services to hundreds of television, film, radio and multi-media productions including Relic Hunter (Fireworks), Mutant X (Tribune Entertainment), and Tracker (Lions Gate) as well as feature films Mocassin Flats and the CBC comedy pilot Getting Along Famously.

Especially well known for his work in the area of World Music, his CDs Tear of the Sun (with Ron Korb) and Invocata (recorded at Real World Studios) have garnered acclaim worldwide. Donald has toured China and Japan with collaborators Ron Korb and George Gao, playing music dubbed "New Chinese Jazz", a blend of jazz improvisation and traditional Chinese melodies. Donald also collaborated with Ron Korb, creating the Toronto 2008 Olympic Bid theme song Expect the World, with performances by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Toronto’s Samba Squad.

Donald was nominated for Gemini Awards in 2002 and 2003 and has won SOCAN’s International Television Series Award twice.

Selected Discography (including year of each release):
17 Minutes of Siilence – Edam Squid (2010)
Intimate Classics – Solitudes (2009)
Mysterious Places – Solitudes (2009)
Asian Spa – Solitudes (2004)
Expect the World – Official song for the Toronto 2008 Olympic Bid (2001)
Invocata – Oasis/ Q Music (1998)
Tear of the Sun – Oasis/ EMI (1990)

Performances/News for 2010:
Donald is currently scoring the third season of By The Rapids and currently releasing his twelfth album “17 Minutes of Silence)

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  • SOCAN award for Telivision


  • Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA)

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