Professor Chan Wing Wah, JP
Prof. Chan was the first Resident Composer of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and has written 9 symphonies plus over 200 musical works. Seven of his nine Symphonies were published on CD by Hugo Productions performed by orchestras in Hong Kong and Russia.
He has received numerous awards including the First Prize in the International Double Reed Society Composition Contest, USA; the Yoshiro Irino Memorial Award from the Asian Composers League and several local awards. His works had been performed in over 30 countries. His biography is included in the New Grove Dictionary of Music & Musicians Online. The Hong Kong Government appointed him Justice of the Peace in 2000.
As a conductor, Prof. Chan is the Music Director of the Hong Kong Oratorio Society(established in 1956) since 1995 and has been leading this choir with regular concerts and occasional concert tours to perform oratorios and other sacred masterpieces. In 2017 he brought the choir and orchestra to perform his Symphony No.8 ‘This Boundless Land’ for organ, choir and orchestra in the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles with great success. In 2019 he brought the choir together with the Vancouver Oratorio Society to Toronto to premiere his Symphony No.9 ‘Universal Harmony”.
Prof. Chan received his BA in music from The Chinese University of Hong Kong(CUHK) studying composition with Professor David Gwilt. He went on to finish his Master and Doctor of Music degrees from the University of Toronto on a Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship studying with Professor John Beckwith. Prof. Chan had been Professor of Music, Associate Dean of Arts, and Chairman of the Music Dept. at CUHK. He had also served as Deputy Director of HKU SPACE. He is now Chairman of the Composers and Authors Society of Hong Kong, Music Director of the Hong Kong Oratorio Society, Chairman of the HK Association of Choral Societies, Council member of Hong Kong Children’s Choir, Associate Dean of the CUHK(Shenzhen) School of Music and Adjunct Professor at CUHK. He also serves in numerous groups including the China Musicians Association, Hong Kong Dance Company and several others.