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Chan Yoong-Han

Fixed Chair Violin

Yoong-Han Chan is currently the 4th Chair 1st violins in the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. His principal teachers have included his father, Chan Yong Shing, as well as renowned violinists such as Beryl Kimber, Sergiu Luca, Charles Treger, David Cerone, Kurt Sassmannshaus and Dorothy Delay. Yoong-Han is a graduate from Rice University and the University of Massachussetts at Amherst.

Yoong Han has appeared as soloist with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, the Szeged Symphony of Hungary, the Singapore Chinese Orchestra, the Singapore Youth Orchestra, the SAF Chinese Orchestra and the Braddell Heights Symphony in concertos by Dvorak, Lalo, Berg, Mozart, Weniawski, Sibelius, Er Yenn Chwen, Chen Gang and Zong-Jiang/He-Dong, appearing with conductors such as Lim Yau, Erwin Acel, Matthias Bamert and Han Zhong Jie. He was featured as soloist in the 2003 Presidents Young Performers Series as well as the 1999 Presidents Charity Concert. As concertmaster of various orchestras and ensembles, he has worked closely with conductors such as Lan Shui, Lim Yau, Chan Tze Law, Joshua Tan Kang Ming, Lanfranco Marcelleti, Larry Rachleff, Stephen Cleobury, Markus Huber, Arnie Roth, Tan Dun and Uroš Lajovic. Yoong-Han has been a prize winner in the Adelaide Estedffod, the Iris Colley Prize (Australia) as well as the 1994 Corpus Christi Young Artist Competition (USA).

Yoong Han has performed in the Aspen Music Festival, the Singapore Arts Festival, the Adelaide Bach Festival, The Port Fairy Spring Festival (Australia), The Singapore Encore (Brussels), the Cascade Head Music Festival (Oregon, USA), the Contemporary Music Ensemble (Amherst College), the New Music Forum, the SSO Chamber Ensemble Series, the Encore School for Strings (Ohio, USA). Furthermore, Yoong Han has also collaborated as chamber musician with the T'ang Quartet, the Choir of King's College (Cambridge), the Singapore Dance Theatre as well as the Magnetic Band.

Yoong-Han is the 2000 Shell-NAC Arts Scholar and the winner of the 2004 NAC Young Artist Award in Singapore, and a member of the Advisory Committee of the National Piano & Violin Competition. Since 2007, he was appointed concertmaster of the Singapore Festival Orchestra (SFO) by the NAC. Yoong-Han has also been active in premiering, performing and recording works by local composers such as Phoon Yew Tien, Leong Yoon Pin, Er Yenn Chwen, Joyce Koh, Tan Chan Boon and Tsao Chieh. As a teacher, Yoong-Han has taught in the University of Massachusetts and Amherst College. He currently is a faculty member in the Singapore Arts School (SOTA).

Besides making music, Yoong-Han enjoys sharing life with his wife Cindy and their two children.

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