St Bride's: Music - Julian Chan - piano

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St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Julian Chan - piano

Friday, 18 September at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

Julian Chan - piano

C Debussy

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iv. Cloches à travers les feuilles

 v. Et la lune descend sur le temple qui fut

vi. Poissons d'or

R Viñes

4 Hommages

i. Menuet spectral (à la mémoire de Maurice Ravel)

M Ravel

Miroirs

iii. Une barque sur l'océan

iv. Alborada del gracioso

 v. La vallée des cloches

Born in Kuala Lumpur in 2000, pianist and composer Julian Chan currently studies with Ian Fountain and Michael Dussek at the Royal Academy of Music, where he holds the full-fees Benjamin Dale scholarship. Julian began his studies on piano and composition at the age of three. In 2011, he continued his studies under the specialist music scheme at Wells Cathedral School, at which he received a full scholarship. There, he studied piano with John Byrne and composition with Paul Whitmarsh. In 2016, he was invited to perform at the British Ambassador's Residence in Tallinn, Estonia, and in 2018, he performed Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Wells Cathedral School Symphony Orchestra.

Most recently, he won First Prize and Sonata Prize at the Nanyang International Music Competition in Singapore in July 2019, and was awarded Second Prize at the Oxford Music Festival in January 2019. He has won most of the major solo piano classes at the Mid-Somerset Festival, including the Piano Concerto category in 2017. Julian has been invited to perform in such prominent series as the Leeds International Concert Season and the Godalming Conservatoire Concert Series, as well as both the Summer and Autumn Piano Festivals at the Royal Academy of Music. He has received masterclasses from many internationally renowned pianists such as Stephen Hough, Christopher Elton, Fali Pavri, Vanessa Latarche, Ronan O'Hora and Ian Jones.

Having established a reputation as an outstanding and versatile chamber musician, Julian has performed as part of the prestigious Manson Ensemble under the batons of maestros such as Ryan Wigglesworth and Jonathan Berman and has worked with eminent composers Hans Abrahamsen and Anna Thorvaldsdottir, among others. Additionally, he recently appeared in a highly-acclaimed performance of Maxwell Davies' Eight Songs for a Mad King at St John's Smith Square.

An avid composer, Julian had his first book of compositions published at the age of six, earning him the title of Malaysia's Youngest Composer. Subsequently, he has had many of his pieces premiered by the Wells Cathedral School Symphony Orchestra and New Music Ensemble; he was also appointed pianist in the latter for four years. He has had a selection of his works performed in composition masterclasses led by the likes of Michael Berkeley and Howard Skempton. In turn, he has also premiered the works of numerous fellow composers, not only as part of the ensemble but also as a soloist and within a variety of chamber combinations.

Born in Kuala Lumpur in 2000, pianist and composer Julian Chan currently studies with Ian Fountain and Michael Dussek at the Royal Academy of Music, where he holds the full-fees Benjamin Dale scholarship. Previously, he studied piano with John Byrne and composition with Paul Whitmarsh under the specialist music scheme at Wells Cathedral School. Recent competition successes include First Prize and Sonata Prize at the Nanyang International Music Competition in Singapore in July 2019, and Second Prize at the Oxford Music Festival in January 2019. He has received masterclasses from many internationally renowned pianists, such as Stephen Hough, Christopher Elton, Fali Pavri and Vanessa Latarche. An avid composer, Julian had his first book of original compositions published at the age of six.