Donald Quan

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Donald Quan

At 50 years of age, Donald Quan has been composing professionally most of his life. He has been nominated for several Gemini Awards and has been the recipient of 3 SOCAN awards for film music as well as multiple Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards.

Donald Quan [1] [2] is a renowned multi-instrumentalist and has toured all over the world with Loreena McKennitt [3] playing tabla, viola and keyboards. He was also a member of Lighthouse [4] for many years and was the audio producer of Lighthouse's "40 years of Sunny Days" DVD/CD. He has toured in Asia with Erhu virtuoso George Gao [5] and world music flutist Ron Korb [6] as well as with contemporary Kirtan artist Jim Gelcer. [7]

Donald is best known for his memorable theme for the syndicated series "Relic Hunter".[8] In fact, he was the only creative that was with the series for all 66 episodes.

He has scored hundreds of hours of dramatic series, documentary, short and feature films and CBC radio-dramas.

Amongst his other dramatic series credits are 44 episodes of "Mutant X"] and 22 episodes of "Starhunter" [9] (Alliance/Atlantis) and others too numerous to mention.

His world music-based theme is currently heard every morning on CBC radio's "Metro Morning".[10]

Donald has also scored several works for dance and theatre including several works for choreographer Kaha:wii Dance Theatre, [11] Young People's Theatre, and Red Sky Performance. [12] [13]

As a recording artist, Donald Quan has released 3 albums on his independent label Edam Squid [14] and has recently released over a dozen albums as a label artist for Somerset/Avalon Entertainment.

Donald is one of the most prolific SOCAN-earning film composers in Canada.

Currently Donald runs and performs at the renowned Musideum,[15] a museum of unusual musical instruments and nightly venue to some of the best musical performances in Toronto.