Hailed by the Ottawa Citizen as the "Ambassador for New Music" and by Megumi Masaki (Artistic Director, Eckhardt-Gramatte Competition) as a "powerful, expressive, and energetic pianist," first-prize winner of the 33rd Eckhardt-Gramatte National Piano Competition for Contemporary Music pianist Claudia Chan made her concert debut at the age of eleven playing Mozart's Concerto in C major, K.415 with the Thirteen Strings chamber orchestra, under the direction of Jean-François Rivest. Since then, Claudia has performed solo and chamber recitals throughout North America and Europe.
As winner of the 33rd Eckhardt-Gramatte Competition for Contemporary Performance, Claudia performed over 25 solo recitals, including a 14-city recital tour of Canada playing the winning program of contemporary and classical piano music. During the tour, she coached young performers from Canadian universities on contemporary performance, her concert at the Winnipeg Art Gallery was also recorded and broadcast by CBC Radio 2 on Concerts on Demand and she was featured on an an episode of CBC’s podcast Next!, selected as one of 8 up-and-coming young musicians from Canada.
Claudia has performed recitals in Germany, Italy, France, and Canada, and premiered Aeon (chosen recently by the Canadian League of Composers to represent Canada at the World Music Days 2013) commissioned from Canadian composer Alice Ho in Germany, France, and Canada. She made her German orchestral debut October 2012 with the orchestra of the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln, in Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, to a sold out audience in the Historische Stadthalle - Wuppertal, in a performance which the Westdeutsche Zeitung proclaimed was “sovereign... with exciting buildups, beautiful transitions, and fine lyricism.”
Claudia has been heard at the Cologne Philharmonic (Acht Brücken Festival), the musikFabrik (Cologne), the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, the New Creations Festival (Toronto Symphony Orchestra), the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Kelowna Pianoforte Festival, the Toronto Summer Music Academy, in New York City at the Mannes Institute and Festival for Contemporary Festival, and as soloist with the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln, Hart House, Cathedral Bluffs and Thirteen Strings Orchestras. She has given masterclasses and workshops at the Universities of Toronto, British Columbia, and Brandon to young music students. In the fall of 2013 she was also selected to give a series of lecture-recitals on the piano studies of Unsuk Chin at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln. She has played in masterclasses for such renowned pedagogues as Leon Fleisher, Menahem Pressler, John O’Conor, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Ronan O’Hara, Marc Durand, and Jon Kimura Parker. She has been a recipient of awards and scholarships from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD), the Ottawa and Toronto Kiwanis Music Festivals, the Ontario Registered Music Teachers’ Association, and the Canadian Music Competitions.
Also active as a chamber musician, Claudia is a founding member of the award-winning contemporary music ensemble BRuCH and has been honoured recently with a grant from the Werner Richard - Dr.Carl Dörken Foundation as well as the 2nd prize at the Karlsruhe International Competition for Contemporary Performance. BRuCH has been featured at the Acht Brücken Festival Köln and the Zeitgenuss Festival in Karlsruhe, among others.
Her work with contemporary music has also brought her into close contact with such exciting composers as Helmut Lachenmann, Hans Thomalla, Unsuk Chin, Brian Current, Alice Ho, Johannes Schöllhorn, Vassos Nicolaou, Julien Jamet, and Giovanni Biswas.
Claudia completed her undergraduate studies at The Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory, as a Dean's scholarship student studying with David Louie and John Perry, and her Master’s of Music at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln with Prof. Dr. Florence Millet, and just graduated with highest honours from the Master's of New Piano Music in the class of Prof. Pierre-Laurent Aimard.
(This is the complete and official biography, updated September 2015.)