Chan Yoong Han
First Violin Fixed Chair
Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Violinist Chan Yoong-Han is the recipient of the 2004 NAC Young Artist Award and the 2000 Shell-NAC Arts Scholarship in Singapore. Chan was awarded Second Prize at the 1994 Corpus Christi Young Artist Competition (USA). He is also a member of the Advisory Committee of the Singapore National Piano & Violin Competition.
Chan is currently the fourth chair first violinist in the Singapore Symphony Orchestra as well as Concertmaster of the Singapore Festival Orchestra and the Metropolitan Festival Orchestra. He is also a regular guest Concertmaster with The Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Music Makers.
A graduate of Rice University and the University of Massachussetts (Amherst), his principal teachers include his father Chan Yong Shing as well as renowned violinists Beryl Kimber, Sergiu Luca, Charles Treger, David Cerone, Kurt Sassmannshaus and Dorothy Delay.
As a soloist Chan has appeared with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Hungary’s Szeged Symphony, Singapore Chinese Orchestra, Singapore Youth Orchestra, Orchestra of the Music Makers, SAF Chinese Orchestra and the Braddell Heights Symphony in concertos by Dvorak, Lalo, Berg, Mozart, Wieniawski, Sibelius and Er Yenn Chwen, appearing with such conductors as Lim Yau, Erwin Acel, Matthias Bamert and Han Zhong Jie. He was invited to perform at the 2003 SSO President’s Young Performers Concert and 1999 President’s Charity Concert.
As a chamber musician Chan has collaborated with the T’ang Quartet, Choir of King’s College (Cambridge), Singapore Dance Theatre as well as the Magnetic Band. He has performed in many festivals including the Aspen Music Festival, Singapore Arts Festival, Adelaide Bach Festival, Port Fairy Spring Festival (Australia), Singapore Encore (Brussels), Cascade Head Music Festival (Oregon, USA), Contemporary Music Ensemble (Amherst College) and the Encore School for Strings (Ohio, USA).
As a teacher Chan has taught in the University of Massachusetts and Amherst College, and is currently a faculty member in the School of the Arts Singapore. Chan is active in premiering, performing and recording works by Singaporean composers such as Phoon Yew Tien, Leong Yoon Pin, Er Yenn Chwen, Joyce Koh, Tan Chan Boon and Tsao Chieh.