Amanda Chan

Sessional Lecturer, Piano

B.Mus. (Br.Col.), M.Mus. (S.Calif.), A.R.C.T., F.T.C.L. Sessional Lecturer, Piano

Music Building 309
Tel. 604-822-5739
amanda.chan@ubc.ca
 

Biography

Amanda Chan has achieved recognition in her career as concert pianist, teacher, lecturer, adjudicator and examiner for the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. She has given concerts in Canada and abroad as a soloist and chamber player with highlights including USA, China, Austria, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands and Slovakia. Born and raised in Vancouver, she started her studies with Edward Parker and was highly successful in her early competitive career including winning First and Top Prizes in the Canadian Music Competition National Finals, CIBC National Canadian Music Festival, Canadian Federation of Music Teachers Association National Bach Competition, “Best Interpretation of a Canadian Premiere Work”, CBC National Young Performers Competition, Concours Orchestre Symphonie de Montreal, to name a few.

After completing the ARCT diploma and receiving the Gold Medal for achieving the highest mark in Canada in 1987, Ms. Chan was awarded Canada Council Arts grants and numerous top awards as well as receiving full scholarships from universities to attend undergraduate and graduate degrees. Ms. Chan completed her Bachelor of Music degree at UBC under Kum-Sing Lee and Master of Music degree in Piano Performance at the University of Southern California under John Perry. Finishing head of her graduating class at both institutions, she was awarded the prestigious “Top Graduate” award for both degrees. She continued on with doctoral and post-graduate studies at USC and the Glenn Gould School of Music in Toronto. In the course of her education, she has also studied under Marc Durand, Andre Laplante, Jon Kimura Parker, Robin Wood and Karl-Heinz Kammerling.

Her particular passion for the collaborative arts has led to concert tours in Europe and Asia, as well as giving masterclasses in China. She is also a member of the band Tango Paradiso and has performed in the Vancouver International Jazz Festival. Their last CD Passion achieved recognition at its release earning Favorite CD pick from CD Baby and 4 stars from The Vancouver Sun review.

Locally, she is heard on CBC-Radio and also plays occasionally as a member of The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Chan runs a private piano studio, is on piano faculty at the Vancouver Academy of Music and since 2002 has been a Sessional Lecturer at UBC, School of Music on faculty teaching private piano and chamber music.