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charles chan
  Charles Chan  

Cello Coach / Conductor


Chairman of International Tchaikovsky competition and cellist Lawrence Lesser called him “An artist and great cellist with a beautiful sound”. Graduated from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts as one of the most successful students, Chan then studied at Canberra school of music with Louis Simpson in Australia. After receiving an award three times from Hong Kong Jockey Club, Chan subsequently studied with Fritz Magg, at New England Conservatory in Boston where he received his Bachelor Degree in Music.  While studying in Boston, Chan was invited by renowned conductor Benjamin Zander to be the Assistant Principal Cellist in Boston Philharmonic Orchestra. In 1996, Chan became the last pupil of Zara Nelsova, “The Grande Dame of Cello”, at Rutgers University on full scholarship and graduated with Master Degree of Music and Artist Diploma.

Chan performed as soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States, Australia, Singapore, Macau, Hong Kong and China.  He performed as soloist at HKAPA - Academy Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, New Brunswick Chamber Orchestra and Rutgers University Symphony Orchestra.  Chan also appeared at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Boston Symphony Hall, Jordan Hall, Harvard and Princeton University and most of the concert theatres in New Jersey. Chan has performed musicals many times at Broadway Theatre and also played Jazz on the same stage with Ray Charles.


In 2005, Chan was invited to perform Bach Sixth Cello Suite with American Repertoire Ballet, receiving critical acclaim. In 2006 he received the merit award given by the Governor of the State of New Jersey. Chan joined the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra in 2007. In the following year he joined the faculty of Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.

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