About this Artist
One of the most sought-after young conductors and already widely admired for her unique combination of “drama and tenderness, power and delicacy” (Hereford Times), Elim Chan became the first female winner of Donatella Flick Conducting Competition and was appointed Chief Conductor of the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra beginning with the 2019/20 season. In addition, she also holds the position of Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra since 2018/19.
The 2021/22 season starts off with her appearance at the Edinburgh International Festival, followed by debuts with the Sinfonieorchester Basel, the Boston and St. Louis symphony orchestras, European Union Youth Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien, Orchestre National de Lyon, and Junge Deutsche Philharmonie. Additionally, Elim Chan will return to orchestras with which she is closely connected, amongst them the Philharmonia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Gürzenich Orchester Cologne.
Recent highlights include her engagements with the Orchestre National de Lille, Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Gothenburg Symphony, Netherlands Philharmonic, and Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, as well as the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
Elim Chan became Assistant Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra in 2015/16 and was appointed to the Dudamel Fellowship program with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in the following season. Previously, she led the Orchestre de la Francophonie as part of the 2012 NAC Summer Music Institute, where she worked with Pinchas Zukerman, and she participated in the Musical Olympus Festival in St. Petersburg as well as in 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. While there, 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.