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Tenzin Choegyal

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Tenzin Choegyal
Tenzin Choegyal
Musical career

Tenzin Choegyal is a musician from Tibet.


As a child, he listened to his mother's songs in the style of Tibetan nomads, and he attributes much of his passion to his mother. [1] [2]

In 1997, he moved to Australia where he made his debut in the world of Australian music. Choegyal has worked with many prominent musicians, including Philip Glass, Laurie Anderson, Michael Askill, Matt Hsu's Obscure Orchestra, Shen Flindell, Spiros Rantos, Ash Grunwald, Paul Coppen, Stringmansassy, Oscar and Marigold, Riley Lee, James Coats, Tsering Dorjee Bawa, Baatar Sukh, Katherine Philp, Cathedral Band, and Marcello Milani, to name a few. [3]

He has also performed with Tibetan monks in exile, whom he supports financially through his tours, as well as the Tibetan Children's Villages, the school for Tibetan refugee children which he attended as a child.

In 2020, Choegyal's album 'Songs from The Bardo' was nominated at the 63rd Grammy Awards. Along with his two collaborators Laurie Anderson and Jesse Paris Smith the album was nominated for the Best New Age Album. [4]

The album is inspired by the 'Tibetan Book of the Dead' that is a guide to embrace death and transition the consciousness to another life through rebirth. [5]


Queensland Music Awards[edit]

The Queensland Music Awards (previously known as Q Song Awards) are annual awards celebrating Queensland, Australia's brightest emerging artists and established legends. They commenced in 2006.[6]

Year Nominee / work Award Result (wins only)
2008[7] "Crane Song" World / Folk Song of the Year Won


  1. ^ "Tibetan musician Tenzin Choegyal ready to 'enchant' audiences in Merimbula". Bega District News. 19 April 2022. Retrieved 20 July 2022.
  2. ^ "Tenzin Choegyal: "Music is life, no matter where I am"". 13 June 2019. Retrieved 20 July 2022.
  3. ^ "Camerata with Tenzin Choegyal | Chamber Landscapes - Adelaide Festival". www.adelaidefestival.com.au. Retrieved 20 July 2022.
  4. ^ "Music Genre: New Age | GRAMMY.com". www.grammy.com. Retrieved 30 July 2023.
  5. ^ "This Brisbane musician and Tibetan refugee could be about to win a Grammy". SBS News. Retrieved 30 July 2023.
  6. ^ "About the Queensland Music Awards". Queensland Music Awards. Retrieved 21 March 2021.
  7. ^ "Past Winners 2008". Queensland Music Awards. Retrieved 25 March 2021.

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