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Elim Chan

Principal Guest Conductor

Born in Hong Kong, Elim Chan became the first female winner of the Donatella Flick Conducting Competition in December 2014 as a result of which she held the position of Assistant Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra in 2015:16. From the 2017:18 season she assumes the title of Chief Conductor of NorrlandsOperan, has been appointed to the Dudamel Fellowship programme with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 2016:17, and will take up the position of Principal Guest Conductor with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra from 2018:19.

Recent notable highlights include her debut with the Mariinsky Orchestra in spring 2016, as a result of a personal invitation from Valeriy Gergiev, both in St Petersburg and on tour in Mexico as well as her debut at the Lucerne Festival with the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra. This season sees her debut with Luzerner Sinfonieorchester, Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg, Orchestre National de Belgique, Australian Youth Orchestra, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Norrköping Symphony and Orquesta Filarmonica de Gran Canaria as well as her North American debuts with the Berkeley, Detroit and Chicago Symphony orchestras. Chan made a return visit in 2017 to the Hong Kong Philharmonic and conducted a variety of New Year concerts with Orchestra Haydn di Bolzano e Trento.

Previous engagements include her debuts with Orquesta Filarmonica de Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Ottawa and the Orchestre de la Francophonie, as part of the NAC Summer Music Institute in 2012, where she worked with Pinchas Zuckerman, her participation in the Musical Olympus Festival in St Petersburg, workshops with the Cabrillo Festival and Baltimore Symphony orchestras (with Marin Alsop, Gerard Schwarz and Gustav Meier). She also took part in masterclasses with Bernard Haitink in Lucerne in spring 2015.

Elim Chan holds degrees from Smith College and the University of Michigan. Whilst at the latter, she served as Music Director of the University of Michigan Campus Symphony Orchestra and the Michigan Pops Orchestra. She also received the Bruno Walter Conducting Scholarship in 2013.

Forthcoming Concerts with Elim Chan


[Inside] Out: Beethoven @ 250

250 years after his birth in Germany, Ludwig van Beethoven still towers over western culture. Tonight, conductor Elim Chan, presenter Tom Redmond and the RSNO explore the man behind the myth, the way he would have wanted – through his music. With anecdotes, illustrations and live musical examples, it’s a…

Wed 19 Feb 2020, 7.30PM
New Auditorium, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow
Box Office: 0141 353 8000

[Inside] Out: Beethoven @ 250

Beethoven Revolution: Symphony No7

‘There are and have been many princes. But there is only one Beethoven.’ Ludwig van Beethoven was a visionary, a hero, an iconoclast and a superstar. But above all, he was a revolutionary – and when you hear his Seventh Symphony in full, headlong flight, you might feel like punching…

Fri 21 Feb 2020, 7.30PM
Usher Hall, Edinburgh
Box Office: 0131 228 1155

Beethoven Revolution: Symphony No7

Beethoven Revolution: Symphony No7

‘There are and have been many princes. But there is only one Beethoven.’ Ludwig van Beethoven was a visionary, a hero, an iconoclast and a superstar. But above all, he was a revolutionary – and when you hear his Seventh Symphony in full, headlong flight, you might feel like punching…

Sat 22 Feb 2020, 7.30PM
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Box Office: 0141 353 8000

Beethoven Revolution: Symphony No7

Beethoven Revolution: Symphony No1

Fantastique by name, fantastic by nature! When Hector Berlioz couldn’t win the girl of his dreams he poured all his unrequited passion into this opium-fuelled extravaganza for a super-sized orchestra. His revolutionary work is the perfect partner to Beethoven’s exuberant youthful First Symphony. Elim Chan brings all her energy and…

Thu 30 Apr 2020, 7.30PM
Caird Hall, Dundee
Box Office: 01382 434 940

Beethoven Revolution: Symphony No1

Beethoven Revolution: Symphony No1

Fantastique by name, fantastic by nature! When Hector Berlioz couldn’t win the girl of his dreams he poured all his unrequited passion into this opium-fuelled extravaganza for a super-sized orchestra. His revolutionary work is the perfect partner to Beethoven’s exuberant youthful First Symphony. Elim Chan brings all her energy and…

Fri 1 May 2020, 7.30PM
Usher Hall, Edinburgh
Box Office: 0131 228 1155

Beethoven Revolution: Symphony No1

Beethoven Revolution: Symphony No1

Fantastique by name, fantastic by nature! When Hector Berlioz couldn’t win the girl of his dreams he poured all his unrequited passion into this opium-fuelled extravaganza for a super-sized orchestra. His revolutionary work is the perfect partner to Beethoven’s exuberant youthful First Symphony. Elim Chan brings all her energy and…

Sat 2 May 2020, 7.30PM
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Box Office: 0141 353 8000

Beethoven Revolution: Symphony No1

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