Tenzin Choegyal is a Tibetan artist, composer, activist, musical director and cultural ambassador. Born to a family of Tibetan nomads, Tenzin Choegyal proudly continues the unbroken nomadic lineage which is central to his musical repertoire. His musical collaborations with classical string ensembles and African, Indian, indigenous Australian and Mongolian musicians, resulting in many innovative and evocative performances.
While it is vital to keep these Tibetan musical traditions alive, Tenzin also believes an even more precious legacy is that of Tibetan warm-heartedness, as personified by Tibet’s spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Over the years, he has enjoyed a successful international career as a musician, playing at such prestigious events as WOMAD and for Tibet House at Carnegie Hall, New YorkIn 2008 Tenzin founded the annual Festival of Tibet in Brisbane, Australia, which showcases Tibetan culture. Through his music and cultural activities such as the Brisbane Festival of Tibet, Himalayan Film Festival and Women with Wisdom concert series (Sydney Opera House, Federation Square) Tenzin shares the Tibetan story of what it really means in being human though his art.
In addition to his solo performances, Tenzin is an avid collaborator with musicians from diverse cultures, traditions and genres. With his world music band Tibet2Timbuk2, classical western (with Camerata -Chamber Orchestra), contemporary (with Philip Glass), Michael Askill and ancient traditional (with didgeridoo master William Barton), Tenzin has released six independent albums and recently collaborated with Philip Glass on the score for the film ‘The Last Dalai Lama?’. With Laurie Anderson, Tenzin is now working on an interpretation of the Tibetan Book of the Dead to be release by the Smithsonian Institution in 2019.