Biography
 
 

 

Applauded by The National Post as having “a rare charisma”, harpist Andrew Chan has performed across Canada, in the United States, and Asia.  He performs as Principal Harp with the Toronto Concert Orchestra and continues to perform with other orchestras across Ontario and has been featured frequently as their soloists.

Enthusiastic to expand the harp's repertoire, he works with composers closely, premiering and advocating new Canadian works. After two years of collaboration with composer Constantine Caravassilis, their newest project has recently been completed: Hiraeth --- a four movement Concerto for Harp and Orchestra to be premiered in Toronto in 2018.

This July, he will 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 Ocyrroe", 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.

 

 

 

As dedicated teacher, he founded the Harp Sinfonia, a multiple harp ensemble that provides training for young promising harp students. His enthusiastic pedagogy has allowed many of his students to become consistent winners at festivals and recipients of awards and scholarships.

Striving to strengthen the local community through music, he frequently gives harp introductory workshops and lectures in different communities and schools.

He 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.

He credits his inspiration from the legendary Alice Chalifoux (principal harp, Cleveland Symphony Orchestra) whom he studied with at the prestigious Salzedo Harp Colony (Maine, USA), and Elizabeth Volpe Bligh at the University of British Columbia School of Music. He received his Artist Diploma in Harp Performance from the University of Toronto.

Mr. Chan performs on the Signature harp made by Salvi of precious Ziricote wood and 23-karat gold; it was the last masterpiece left behind by the late renowned harp maker Victor Salvi in Italy.

 
 
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