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Amelia Chan, violin (concertmaster)Amelia Chan, violin (concertmaster)

Amelia Chan is the newly appointed Concertmaster of the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong from the 2014/2015 Season. Prior to this appointment she had held a ten-year tenure as concertmaster of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra in the USA. An experienced orchestral leader, Amelia Chan has worked under distinguished conductors including Michael Tilson Thomas, Manfred Huss, Sergiu Commissiona, Anton Coppola, Zdeněk Mácal, Jorge Mester, Julius Rudel, and Gerard Schwartz. She has performed with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra extensively, and has collaborated as a chamber musician with members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and the Ying Quartet. Amelia Chan has appeared as soloist with orchestras in the USA including the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, the International Virtuosi Orchestra, the New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra and the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra. She was first violinist of the Montclaire String Quartet for ten years and has also performed at the Cooperstown Chamber Music Festival in New York, the Pacific Music Festival in Japan and at the Costa Rica and Guatemala Music Festivals. Her performances have been broadcast on WQXR in New York, WQED in Pittsburgh, West Virginia Public Broadcasting, BBC Radio Scotland and RTHK Radio 4. A native of Hong Kong, Amelia Chan began her music education on the piano with her father John Chan and studied violin at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts as part of the HKAPA's inaugural junior programme. She holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in violin performance from Mannes College The New School for Music, and both a Masters in Music Degree and a Diploma in Professional Studies (Orchestral Programme) from the Manhattan School of Music in New York. Her major teachers include Thomas Wang, Alice Waten, Albert Markov, Shirley Givens, Glenn Dicterow, and double bassist Julius Levine.

"Concertmaster Amelia Chan played with passion, acting as the vibrant soul of the ensemble" South China Morning Post (2015)