Nathan Chan

Cellist Nathan Chan demonstrated his talent for music at an early age. Before he was two, he could mimic the styles of conductors he saw on music videos. As a toddler, his imitations were so intuitively musical that he caught the attention of San Francisco Opera Assistant Conductor Sara Jobin. Under her eye, he made his debut as a conductor at age three, leading the San Jose Chamber Orchestra in a set of Mozart variations. This was followed by a guest appearance with the Palo Alto Philharmonic a year later, conducting Beethoven's Fifth Symphony. At five, he began formal music lessons with cellist Irene Sharp. He later studied with Sieun Lin at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Nathan Chan has performed as a soloist with the San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic, the UK Northern Sinfonia, Albany Symphony, Marin Symphony and Hong Kong Chamber Orchestra, among others. He has performed for the Vancouver Recital Society, the Great Eastern International Kids Festival "Prodigies of the World" concert in Singapore, the Emmy-award winning national radio program From The Top and NPR's Performance Today with Fred Child. In 2009, he was featured in The World's Greatest Musical Prodigies, a three-part British series documenting a global search for talented musicians under the age of fifteen, in which Chan and three other performers gave the world premiere of the Velesslavista Quadruple Concerto, composed by Alexander Prior. Mr. Chan has performed benefit concerts for the American Alzheimer Association, Friends of Children with Special Needs and the Foundation for the Fine & Performing Arts. For his contributions to the community, he won the Peninsula Arts Council's Ray Lorenzato Diamond Arts Award in 2007. In 2006, Nathan Chan appeared in The Music in Me, a documentary that aired on the HBO network and won the Peabody Award. This program led to a performance in Carnegie Hall and caught the attention of singer Roberta Flack, who invited Mr. Chan to collaborate on her project of Beatles songs for Sony Records.

Chan was a recipient of the Richard and Brooke Kamin Rapaport Fellowship at Columbia University and the prestigious 2012 Davidson Fellowship for his project entitled, "The Importance of Passion". He made his debut in Avery Fisher Hall playing Haydn's Cello Concerto in C Major with the Little Orchestra Society as well as with the Juilliard Orchestra conducted by Leonard Slatkin performing Strauss' "Don Quixote" as the winner of the 2013 Juilliard Cello Concerto Competition. Nathan has a fast growing Internet presence; to date, he has over 4 million views on YouTube. For the 2015 season, Mr. Chan was recently chosen to participate in Classe d'Excellence du Violoncelle with world-renowned cellist Gautier Capuçon in association with Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris, France.

Nathan received his Bachelor's Degree at Columbia University; he now studies with David Finckel and Richard Aaron at The Juilliard School.

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NameChan, Nathan
Born inUnited States, North America
Main languageEnglish
attended UniversitiesThe Juilliard School