David Chan, Violin
David Chan is the concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and an active soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. Mr. Chan made his Carnegie Hall debut during the 2002-2003 season, performing the Brahms Double Concerto with cellist Rafael Figueroa and the Met Orchestra under the baton of James Levine. In addition, he was a featured soloist in the Met Chamber Ensemble’s performance of Alban Berg’s Chamber Concerto for Piano, Violin and 13 Winds at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, also with Maestro Levine.
Mr. Chan first gained international recognition when, at the age of seventeen, he won a top prize at the Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow. Upon his winning both the bronze medal and the special Josef Gingold prize at the prestigious Indianapolis International Violin Competition, the Strad magazine praised him for his “spectacular virtuosity,” while the Indianapolis News commented on his “lustrous tone” and “the kind of authority that usually comes only with maturity.”
Mr. Chan made his New York debut at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall in 1995, performing Paganini’s Concerto No. 2 under the direction of Hugh Wolff. He has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and the Far East, appearing as soloist with such orchestras as the Moscow State Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Taiwan National Symphony, the Aspen Chamber Symphony, and the San Diego, Indianapolis, Richmond, Springfield, and Northbrook symphonies. As a chamber musician, he is a frequent guest at the Seattle Chamber Music Festival and at La Jolla’s SummerFest. His recordings include a recital program, a disc of two Paganini concertos with the English Chamber Orchestra, and an album of violin/cello duos with Rafael Figueroa.
A native of San Diego, Mr. Chan began his musical education at the age of four. When he was fourteen, he won the San Diego Symphony’s Young Artists Concerto Competition and subsequently appeared with the orchestra in two series of concerts. That same year he was the featured soloist on the San Diego Youth Symphony’s tour of Austria, Germany, Hungary, and the former Czechoslovakia. Mr. Chan, whose principal teachers were Dorothy DeLay, Hyo Kang, and Michael Tseitlin, received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and his master’s degree from the Juilliard School. He is currently on the faculty of The Juilliard School and lives in the New York area with his wife, violinist Catherine Ro, his daughter Annalise, and his son Michal.