Andrew T. Chan
Applauded by the National Post as having “a rare charisma”, Canadian harpist Andrew Chan has performed across Canada, USA, and in China. He is the principal harp with the Toronto Concert Orchestra and continues to be invited by other Canadian orchestras and have been featured frequently as their soloists.
Enthusiastic to expand the harp’s repertoire, Andrew has worked with numerous Canadian composers closely, premiering and advocating new works such as Illuminatum for Two Harps and Men’s Chorus by Constantine Caravassilis, Harp Concerto by Michael Conway Baker, Fantasy for Flute & Harp with Orchestra by Mizi Tan and among others. After two years of collaboration with Constantine, his newest work written for Andrew has recently been completed: Hiraeth — a magnificent four movement Concerto for Harp and Orchestra.
This July, Andrew is excited to present Canadian concert music on an international stage at the World Harp Congress 2017 that will take place in Hong Kong, premiering “Three Dances for Ocyrrhoe“, another composition written for him by Caravassilis.
An enthusiastic organizer, he is the founder and Artistic Director of the Harps on the Hill Festival where he advocates the appreciation of the harp in its performance and education. He is also a founding member of the Toronto International Piano Competition and the CCC Music Festival Canada.
Andrew passionately promotes the appreciation of the harp in both of its performance and education. As a dedicated teacher, he founded Harp Sinfonia, a multiple harp ensemble featuring many of his students. His enthusiastic pedagogy has allowed many of his students to become consistent winners of awards and scholarships. Visiting students from around Canada and worldwide.
Andrew is grateful for his training during his school years with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, Symphony Orchestra Academy of the Pacific and the National Academy Orchestra of Canada. He was a recipient of scholarship from the Canada Arts Council. Andrew credits his inspiration from the legendary Alice Chalifoux (principal harp, Cleveland Symphony Orchestra) whom he studied with at the prestigious Salzedo School (Maine, USA). His studies also included undergraduate studies in Vancouver at University of British Columbia School of Music and he received his Artist Diploma in Harp Performance from the University of Toronto.
Andrew performs on the “Signature” harp made of 23-karat gold and precious Ziricote wood; it was the last masterpiece designed by the late renowned harp maker Victor Salvi in Italy.