AMELIA CHAN, VIOLINIST

Amelia Chan is the newly-appointed Concertmaster of the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong (CCOHK) beginning in the 2014-15 season.  

She came to this position from her tenure as Concertmaster of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra concluding in the 2013-14 season. An experienced leader, Amelia has earned high praises from renowned conductors across the Atlantic such as Michael Tilson Thomas, Manfred Huss, Sergiu Commissiona, Theo Alcántara, George Manahan, Elizabeth Schulze, Anton Coppola, Zdeněk Mácal, Graziella Contratto, Jorge Mester, Julius Rudel, Grant Cooper, and Gerard Schwartz. She has also performed with the New York Philharmonic. Amelia has served as the first violinist of the Montclaire String Quartet, and has collaborated as a chamber musician with members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, the Ying Quartet and the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players. Amelia Chan has appeared as soloist with orchestras including the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, the International Virtuosi Orchestra on tour in Central America, the New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra and the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra, the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts Junior Orchestra on tour in Europe. Festival appearances have included the Costa Rica Music Festival, the Guatemala Music Festival, Cooperstown Chamber Music Festival in New York and the Pacific Music Festival in Japan.

Amelia's performances have been heard on WQXR, New York; WQED, Pittsburgh; West Virginia Public Broadcasting; BBC Radio Scotland, Scotland; and RTHK Radio 4, Hong Kong. She has been a recording artist for the Carnegie Hall education website.

A devoted educator, Amelia Chan was on the faculty of the West Virginia State University, and has given masterclasses in universities and schools in the US, Hong Kong, and China. With the Montclaire String Quartet, she performed age-specific outreach programs, many of which combined music with theatre, for over 15,000 kids from kindergarten to high school yearly. In her teaching, Amelia places strong emphasis on the awareness and anatomy of movement as related to music-making. She sees kinesthetics as an integral tool to develop a natural playing technique, and believes that exploration in movement and gestures is essential in understanding musical ideas at the most elemental level. She therefore incorporates studies from these varied branches of bodywork in her teaching to help students of all ages play with ease. Amelia has extensive experience working with both professional and student musicians of different instrument focuses. 

Amelia started learning the piano with her father John Chan, and began her violin study at the Junior School of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. She holds degrees from the Mannes College of Music and Manhattan School of Music. Her teachers have included Thomas Wang, Alice Waten, Albert Markov, Shirley Givens, Lisa Kim, Yoko Takebe, Sheryl Staples, Glenn Dicterow, and double-bassist Julius Levine. 

Amelia plays on a violin made by Luthier Stefan Bauni.

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