Chris Cree Brown is a freelance Composer and Sonic Artist. In 2017, he retired from his position as Associate Professor at the School of Music, University of Canterbury.
His main interests include conventional instrumental composition, electroacoustic and computer music, and inter-media art.
In August 2019, he was granted the University of Otago Wallace Trust Residency at the Pah homestead in Auckland, and in 2019, he held a residency at the Musikhochschule in Lubeck, Germany where he gave tutorials to MAsters students, gave a number of lectures and a concert of his own works.
He has twice been awarded the Mozart Fellowship at the University of Otago, has twice been appointed Composer-in-Schools, has won two prizes in the Wellington Youth Orchestra's Young Composers Competition, and has written a number of film scores.
In 1986, he received the CANZ Trust Fund Award and in 2010, he received the CANZ KBB Award for services to New Zealand Music.
Memories Apart for chamber ensemble (2002), Icescape for orchestra (2003), Remote Presence for piano (2007) and the Viola Concerto (2015) were finalist compositions in the Sounz Contemporary Music Awards, and in 2010 he won the award with Inner Bellow, for Clarinet and Fixed Media.
Icescape for orchestra, an electro-acoustic work, and Under Erebus were both a result of a trip to Antarctica under the Artists to Antarctica programme run under the auspices of Antarctic New Zealand (and with the assistance of Creative New Zealand).
He has a strong interest in Aeolian harps and in 2002 exhibited a design in the Christchurch Botanical gardens as part of the Art and Industry Scape Biennale. Recordings of Aeolian Harps sounds feature in many of his works.
He has attended, presented work and represented New Zealand in many festivals and conferences, including the International Computer Music Association (Aarhus 1994), and the International Society for Contemporary Music (Slovenia, 2015), and .the Asian Composers League (Taiwan 2015).
His work has been performed in many countries, including Australia, England, Finland, Hungary, France, Germany, Canada, Japan, Portugal, Russia, Scotland, and the United States of America.