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 Music Director of Hong Kong Oratorio Society since 1995, Prof .Chan has been leading the choir with regular concerts and occasional concert tours to perform oratorios and masterpieces from Vivaldi, Bach, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Brahms and Rutter to Huang An-lun, Yeung Pak-lun and his own works. Several of which are Hong Kong premieres. He has also conducted orchestras in Shanghai, Beijing, Macao, Shenzhen, Gwangju (Korea) in addition to the HK Philharmonic Orchestra, HK Sinfonietta, HK Chinese Orchestra and HK Strings.

 Prof. Chan is a composer of orchestral, chamber and choral works including hymns, children songs and drama/ film music. He was for three seasons Resident Composer of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra with which he has conducted the premiere of his Symphonies No.5 ‘The Three Kingdoms’ and No.6 ‘Reunification’. He had also conducted the premiere his Symphony No.7 ‘The Great Wall’ and Symphony No.8 ‘This Boundless Land’ for organ, choir and orchestra. Published by Hugo Productions, his Symphony Orchestra and the Hong Kong Sinfonietta; his Symphonies No.7 and 8 were recorded by the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra.

 His international awards include First Prize in the International Double Reed Society Composition Contest, USA; the Yoshiro Irino Memorial Award by the Asian Composers League and the 20th Century Masterpiece Award by the China Culture Promotion Society, Beijing. Locally he received the Composer of the Year Award from the Hong Kong Artists’ Guild (1991), the Ten Outstanding Young Persons Award (1992), TVB Children Song Gold Award, CASH Golden Sail Music Awards, etc. His music has been performed in Argentina, Australia, Canada, Mainland China, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Korea, Poland, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, UK and the USA.

 International performances of his works had included International Society for Contemporary Music-World Music Days Festival in Stuttgart, Germany; Summer Music Festival in Lodz, Poland; Festival LIM 2Mil in Madrid and the Festival BBK in the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain; Klang-Klee Festival to commemorate Paul Klee in Winterthur and Bern, Switzerland; and music festivals in Argentina, Korea and Japan. His biography is included in the New Grove Dictionary of Music & Musicians Online.

 Prof. Chan’s public services include being Chairman of the Composers and Authors Society of Hong Kong, Honorary Advisor of the China Broadcasting Folk Orchestra (Beijing), Hong Kong Dance Company, etc. The Hong Kong Government appointed him Justice of the Peace in 2000. He was invited to become a member of the Chinese Musicians Association in 2009.

Prof. Chan graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He further obtained his Master and Doctor of Music degrees from the University of Toronto with a Commonwealth Scholarship. He had been Professor of Music, Associate Dean of Arts and Chairman of the Music Department at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

He is now Deputy Director at the School of Professional And Continuing Education, The University of Hong Kong (HKU SPACE).

Photo by Courtesy of the Hong Kong Composers' Guild

Other relevant information:
- To know more about Chan Wing-wah, please visit Hong Kong Composers' Guild or HK Oratorio Society website
- Appreciation of Chan Wing-wah's compositions

(Article updated on 10 April 2014)