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About

Native to Hong Kong, Eric Chan began his journey in music at the age of four, learning piano and violin. He is a graduate at the Royal College of Music in London, where he holds an Artist Diploma, a Master of Performance with distinction, and a Bachelor of Music with first-class honours. His mentors include David Graham and Andy Dewar for organ, Kathron Sturrock for piano, Sophie-Véronique Cauchefer-Choplin for improvisation, and Michael Ladouceur for film music composition. In 2019, Eric won the Harold Darke Memorial Prize, a top award for undergraduate organists. His outstanding Artist Diploma graduation recital earned the highest mark ever awarded for the degree in the institution's history. The jury commended it as “a voice that will resound in this hall for many years”. The RCM keyboard department invited Eric to assist in the selection process of a new professor recently. His education was supported by the Richard Newton Scarth Award and John Birch Scholarship, as well as scholarships from the Royal College of Organists.

 

Music Journey

Eric's journey as a concert organist has taken him to international stages across England, Scotland, Germany, Austria, Spain, and his native Hong Kong. He has given over 30 organ and piano recitals, with performances at London's iconic St. Paul’s Cathedral and Vienna's Peterskirche earning critical applause. He has given recitals by the invitations of international festivals including the International Düsseldorf Organ Festival 2022 and the 3rd International Organ and Sacred Music Festival in Madrid. Beyond solo performances, Eric has collaborated with various orchestras, most notably performing the Saint-Saëns "Organ" Symphony with the Royal College of Music Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Sir Antonio Pappano, chief conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra. The performance was broadcast on Medici.TV. In addition, he was the first organist from Hong Kong to ever perform at the iconic Royal Albert Hall, featuring in the Last Night of the School Proms 2014 and was subsequently interviewed by Leicester Mercury.

 

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Eric took up composing soon after graduation with his first commission to compose a new anthem for the Shaukiwan Tsung Tsin School in Hong Kong. His recent works include a Chinese folk-style piece titled "Spring Blossom" for Guzheng and Organ, as well as avant-garde arrangements of fusion pieces for traditional Chinese instruments and the organ, all of which were premiered at the 3rd International Organ and Sacred Music Festival in Madrid, Spain. Eric is currently part-time lecturer at the Hong Kong Baptist University and organ instructor at the Shenzhen Concert Hall. He also holds the position of Artistic Director at the Hong Kong Music and Art Education Interchange Association, where he conducts piano and organ masterclasses regularly.

 

In 2024, Eric is invited to perform at the 71st Settimana Organistica Internazionale Festival in Italy and the Sagrada Família in Spain.

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