Born in Alassio, Italy, Chester Harlan grew up in Rome in an artistic and multicultural environment.
His musical education began at the age of 9 studying classical piano. At the age of 13 he moved with his family to Paris where he started to also explore the guitar and to compose. A few years later he joined one of the most famous European experimental bands "Vox Populi". The collaboration was extremely prolific and creative. After studying philosophy at the Sorbonne, he received a scholarship to go the Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he studied jazz improvisation with Hal Crook, Mick Goodrick and John Abercrombie, earned a bachelor's degree in guitar and composition, and received an International Student Award. After several years spent in New York City, where he established himself in the music scene, Chester returned to France to join the sextet of Argentine singer Barbara Luna. With her he took part in many festivals in Europe, Asia and America, as well as in New Caledonia and Australia.
Chester has also been involved in various projects such as a Richard Rechtman´s book "Les Vivantes", to which he wrote the music inspired by his texts and whose performance took place in 2016 at the School for Advanced Studies in the social sciences in Paris. Other projects included "Quel gran pezzo dell'Italia" with actor Giuseppe Cederna in Italy, collaborations with English artist Tricky from Massive Attack and, very recently, the production of Brazilian artist Carolina Sá. He currently lives in Berlin, where he performs and teaches at Global Music Academy.