“Concertmaster Amelia Chan in particular played with passion, acting as the vibrant soul of the ensemble” South China Morning Post (2015)
Amelia CHAN is the newly appointed Concertmaster of the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong from the 2014/2015 Season. Prior to this appointment she had held a ten-year tenure as concertmaster of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra in the USA. An experienced orchestral leader, Amelia Chan has worked under distinguished conductors including Michael Tilson Thomas, Manfred Huss, Sergiu Commissiona, Anton Coppola, Zdeněk Mácal, Jorge Mester, Julius Rudel, and Gerard Schwarz. She has performed with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra extensively, and has collaborated as a chamber musician with members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and the Ying Quartet.
Amelia Chan has appeared as soloist with orchestras in the USA including the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, the International Virtuosi Orchestra, the New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra and the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra. She was first violinist of the Montclaire String Quartet for ten years and has also performed at the Cooperstown Chamber Music Festival in New York, the Pacific Music Festival in Japan and at the Costa Rica and Guatemala Music Festivals. Her performances have been broadcast on WQXR in New York, WQED in Pittsburgh, West Virginia Public Broadcasting, BBC Radio Scotland and RTHK Radio 4.
A native of Hong Kong, Amelia Chan began her music education on the piano with her father John Chan and studied violin at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts as part of the HKAPA’s inaugural junior programme. She holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in violin performance from Mannes College The New School for Music, and both a Masters in Music Degree and a Diploma in Professional Studies (Orchestral Programme) from the Manhattan School of Music in New York. Her major teachers include Thomas Wang, Alice Waten, Albert Markov, Shirley Givens, Glenn Dicterow, and double bassist Julius Levine.
Pianist Amy SZE holds the Performer’s Certificate, Doctor and Master of Musical Arts in Piano Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music. Her principal teachers include Nelita True, Gabriel Kwok and Chui-fun Tong. She started her musical training at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts since the age of ten. She is the recipient of numerous scholarships, including the Avis D. Vaughn Scholarship, the Sir Edward Youde Memorial Scholarship, and the Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance Fund Overseas Scholarship.
Amy is the winner of many prizes and competitions, and has appeared as a soloist with orchestras such as the Texas Fort Worth Chamber Orchestra, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, and the Eastman Symphony Orchestra. She has also performed in major music festivals including the Aspen Music Festival, the Cliburn Piano Institute, the Harbin Summer Music Festival and the Salzburg Mozarteum Academy. In 2013, she was invited to perform in the ‘Complete Beethoven Piano Concerto Cycle’ with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta. She is also featured on the new HK Sinfonietta album ‘This is Classical Music 3’, which was released in November of 2014. This summer, she had the privilege of performing in the Beethoven Piano Sonatas Marathon in Vienna – 2 concerts lasting 12 hours – along with celebrated pianists from different parts of the world.
Besides solo performance, Amy has a keen interest in chamber music and accompaniment, and an enthusiasm for performing in diverse settings. She was a member of the Eastman Chamber Music Society, which engages in outreach projects and brings concerts to public schools and community centres. An active performer of contemporary music, she was a featured artist in the Hong Kong New Generation concert, the International Society for Contemporary Music Festival, and Le French May Festival. She has collaborated with such distinguished artists as Derek Bermel, David Childs, Peter Cooper, Benedict Cruft, Yoshiyuki Ishikawa, Raphael Severe, and John Williams. In 2015, she started a concert series ‘Mix It Up’ with the renowned Singaporean violinist Min Lee. It aims to bring together music, different art forms, food and wine.
Amy was a teaching assistant in piano studies, accompaniment and chamber music at the Eastman School of Music. She is currently on the faculty of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, The University of Science and Technology, The University of Hong Kong and The Hong Kong Baptist University. Apart from lectures and masterclasses, she has been on the jury panel for public examinations, awards and competitions. She was also on the music advisory committee for The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and St Paul’s Co-educational College, her alma mater.
Polonaise Brilliante in A Major, Op. 21
Sonata in A Major for violin and piano