Hong Kong-Canadian soprano and harpist Nicole Chan recently graduated with a Master of Music in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy and a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen, Denmark with the highest academic score. She has been receiving vocal training from Eva Hess Thaysen and vocal coaching from Berit Johansen Tange.
During the 2022/2023 season, Nicole performed as a cantata soloist on the Danish National Television and as the lead role of the Young Vixen in the Cunning Little Vixen at the Royal Danish Academy of Music. Other highlights include representing the school performing at the Conservatorio di Musica “Giuseppe Verdi” in Milan, Italy and singing as a soloist at the Tivoli Concert Hall in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Last year, Nicole had the opportunity to perform the title role Philomela in the world premiere opera Mondo Novo in Vienna, Austria. Other highlights include the role of Zerlina in Don Giovanni and a Lied Duo finalist in the Rued Langgaard Competition in Copenhagen, Denmark. Previous achievements include performing as a soloist in Howard Blake’s the Snowman and the Bear with the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong.
Nicole has participated in masterclasses with Mikael Eliasen, Lisette Oropesa, Danielle Orlando, Ailyn Perez, Bo Skovhus, Riccardo Mascia.
In the past summers, she attended the Young Voice and Collaborative Piano Program as the youngest participant at the Curtis Institute of Music studying with Lisa Keller and William Stone, the Bel Canto Institute in Florence working with Maestra Jane Klaviter, the University of British Columbia Summer Vocal Workshop with the guidance of Rhoslyn Jones, Simone Osborne and Heidi Melton, the Curtis Mentor Network at Curtis Institute of Music with Jonathan Beyer and Rhoslyn Jones.
Awarded numerous times, Nicole has been awarded the Bel Canto Institute Performance Award enabling her to perform concerts in New York with the guidance of Maestra Jane Klaviter, a distinguished assistant conductor and coach who recently retired from the Metropolitan Opera in New York. She has received the Youngest Finalist Award at the Concorso Internazionale di Canto Lirico “Arturo Toscanini” in Milan, Italy. In addition, she has been awarded First Place at the Golden Classical Music Awards featuring her Carnegie Hall debut, Hong Kong International Music Festival, Manhattan International Music Competition and the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival. Also, she was granted Second Place in the Rondo Vanguard Competition.
Another emerging interest comprises orchestral and choral conducting. Nicole participated in the Summer Conducting Intensive of the Juilliard School and was a Finalist of the Malko Academy of Young Conductors at the Danish National Symphony Orchestra.
In addition to musical activities, Nicole also enjoys writing poems. She has published poetry in the United States, United Kingdom and Hong Kong. Her themes weave Chinese culture with English poetry while attaining the international poetry award two years consecutively from the Hong Kong Young Writers Award. Furthermore, she was a Youth Award Winner and was an Editor Board member of the Skipping Stones Magazine dedicated to promoting multicultural literature for youth published in the USA.