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.