Chan Tze Law | YST Conservatory


Vice-Dean (Professional Integration)


Singaporean conductor Chan Tze Law is Vice-Dean (Professional Integration) of the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, National University of Singapore and Music Director of Singapore's Metropolitan Festival Orchestra. Chan is a founding faculty member of the conservatory and is widely recognised for his achievements as the founding music director of the Conservatory Orchestra and the Conservatory New Music Ensemble.

Chan's performances and CD recordings have been lauded internationally. His performances of Mahler's 8th symphony with the Orchestra of the Music Makers, and Sing50 concerts with the Metropolitan Festival Orchestra and Lang Lang were named 'Best concerts of 2015' by Singapore's Sunday Times. Robert Markow of Germany's Der neue Merker remarked that Chan "achieved amazing clarity in even the densest contrapuntal passages, drew a wealth of dynamic nuances from the score and shaped the conflation of the symphony's (Mahler 8) episodes into coherent structure of cumulative power.... listeners felt they have concluded a great journey of time and spirit". Fanfare Magazine states  “Chan paces the climaxes so adroitly that, when they arrive, the listener is nearly swept out of the room on tidal waves of sound”. Gramophone reviewer Marc Rochester describes his performance of Mahler’s second symphony "we can’t ignore the amazing work of Chan Tze Law”. Hobart Mercury hailed his Tasmanian premiere of Mahler’s 6th Symphony as 'triumphant' and The West Australian lavished praise on his performance of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring. "Certainly, Tze Law (Chan) did wonders from the podium. It was a tour de force”. American Record Guide remarked that he “led the 120-piece orchestra and chorus of 200 with full understanding of the Mahler idiom”. The Saigon Times noted that the HCMC Ballet Symphony Orchestra "excelled themselves" under his direction in Elgar's Enigma Variations, and the Singapore's The Straits Times highlighted his prolific performances of contemporary and Singaporean music “the cause of new music here today could hardly be in better hands”.

Chan has conducted at major music festivals in the UK and the region and has appeared with orchestras such as the Singapore Symphony, Shanghai Philharmonic, Shenzhen Symphony, Xiamen Philharmonic, Zhejiang Symphony, Guiyang Symphony, Thailand Philharmonic and Ho Chi Minh Orchestras and collaborated with soloists such as Joshua Bloom, Fiona Campbell, Warwick Fyfe, Deborah Humble, Lee Hyon, Lang Lang, Ng Pei-Sian, Melvyn Tan, Albert Tiu, Qin Li-Wei, Virgillio Marino, Daniel Sumegi and Igor Yuzefovich. Concerts and CD recordings conducted by Chan have been broadcast on Australia's ABC Classic FM, UK's BBC Radio 3 and featured on Singapore Airlines Krisworld In-flight Classical Music selection.

As a pedagogue, Chan was the founding chief conductor of the Australian International Summer Orchestral Institute. He has given masterclasses in conducting at the Peabody Institute, USA, and Royal Academy of Music, and also founded the conservatory's ground breaking new music ensemble to critical acclaim, regularly performing iconic classical contemporary works juxtaposed with Singaporean compositions since 2007 in partnership with Esplanade theatres by the Bay.

A former scholar of the UK's Royal College of Music where his teachers included conducting luminaries Christopher Adey and Norman Del Mar, Chan made his Singapore conducting debut with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra in 2001 at the invitation of music director Lan Shui.

Chan is also Music Director of Singapore's award winning phenomenon Orchestra of the Music Makers, establishing its international, artistic and philanthropic profile, including the ChildAid concerts which in 2014 helped raise more than $2.38m for the Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund and the Business Times Budding Artist Fund.