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Ka Nin Chan: Biography

Ka Nin Chan
1949 -
Region: Ontario

Ka Nin Chan

Twice winner of Juno Awards for Best Classical Composition, Chan Ka Nin's works have been performed by ensembles and artists such as the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, National Arts Orchestra, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Esprit Orchestra, Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra London Canada, Symphony Nova Scotia, Amici, Mirò Quartet, Purcell Quartet, Rivka Golani and Lawrence Cherney.

His numerous international awards include Jean Chalmers Award, Béla Bartók International Composers' Competition, Barlow International Competitions, International Horn Society Composition Contest, PROCAN Young Composers' Competition and Amherst Saxophone Quartet Composition Competition.

Chan was born in Hong Kong and moved with his family to Vancouver in 1965.  At the University of British Columbia he studied composition with Jean Coulthard while pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering.  After graduation he decided to continue studying composition with Bernhard Heiden at Indiana University where he eventually obtained his Master's and Doctoral degrees in music.  Since 1982, he has been teaching theory and composition at the University of Toronto. In 2001, his opera Iron Road won the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Musical. In 2002, his chamber work Par-çi, par-là, which was recorded by Ensemble Contemporain du Montréal, has won the Juno Award for Best classical composition.

Photo Credit: Loren Forsythe

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