Chan makes triumphant return

Conductor Elim Chan returns to the RSNO two weeks after her début

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) welcomes Hong Kong-born Elim Chan to conduct a second programme with the Orchestra, two weeks after making her Scottish début.

Elim, the first female winner of the London Symphony Orchestra’s Donatella Flick Conducting Competition and current Dudamel Fellow at the Los Angeles Philharmonic, returns to Scotland to replace RSNO Conductor Laureate Neeme Järvi, who has had to withdraw for personal reasons.

Elim will be joined by Argentinian pianist Ingrid Fliter, who recently toured with the RSNO to Spain, and who will perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No2. There is an alteration to the remaining programme, with Rachmaninov’s Symphony No2 replacing Tchaikovsky’s Manfred Symphony and Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture in place of the composer’s Hamlet Fantasy Overture.

Elim made her Scottish début with the RSNO last week to audiences in Kirkcaldy and Musselburgh, conducting Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture and Symphony No4 Italian as well as Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin and accompanying RSNO Principal Bass Ana Cordova as soloist in former Scottish Orchestra Principal Conductor Serge Koussevitzsky’s Concerto for Double Bass.

Conductor Elim Chan: “I am extremely honoured and delighted to be able to return to the wonderful RSNO very soon for a beautiful programme with some of my favourite music. It was such a joy making and sharing music with the RSNO musicians last week; at the end of the concerts I had one of those rare moments feeling, “It's over? But I want more!”, so I am thrilled about this second visit, and that we are going to make more music together!”

RSNO Chief Executive Dr Krishna Thiagarajan: “On behalf of the Orchestra I’d like to welcome Elim back to the RSNO for her second set of concerts. At her first sitting with the Orchestra I understand she immediately gelled with the musicians and went on to perform two wonderful concerts with our Principal Bass Ana Cordova as soloist in the Koussevitzsky concerto. I believe the audiences in Edinburgh in Glasgow will be equally delighted to welcome her back to Scotland for her second engagement here.”

Rachmaninov’s Second Symphony features conductor Elim Chan, pianist Ingrid Fliter and the RSNO at the Usher Hall, Edinburgh on Friday 17 February and at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on Saturday 18 February. For more information visit www.rsno.org.uk.