CHAN TZE LAW
Chan Tze Law is Associate Director of the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, National University of Singapore and one of Singapore's most internationally active conductors. His recent collaborations include conducting Beethoven’s 9th symphony at the Perth Concert Hall 40th Anniversary celebrations, cellist Qin Liwei at the Singapore Arts Festival, pianist Melvyn Tan at the UK's Cheltenham Music Festival, illustrator James Mayhew at UK’s Lichfield Festival, as well appearances with the Audi Jugendchorakademie of Germany and concerts in Malaysia and Indonesia.
Best known locally for his work with the Singapore Festival Orchestra, Orchestra of the Music Makers, the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory Orchestra and the conservatory's ground breaking New Music Ensemble, Chan is also the music director of Singapore’s first independently run professional orchestra the Metropolitan Festival Orchestra.
A former scholar of the Royal College of Music, Chan made his Singapore debut with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra in 2001 and conducts extensively in the Asia-Pacific region working with orchestras such the Xiamen Philharmonic, Zhejiang Symphony, Shanghai Philharmonic, Shenzhen Symphony and Ho Chi Minh Ballet and Symphony Orchestras. In Australia, Chan was founding Chief Conductor of the Australian International Summer Orchestral Institute and was twice Artist-in-Residence at the University of Western Australia. He has worked regularly with the Western Australian Youth Orchestra since the 1990’s. His recordings and performances have been broadcast on Australia's ABC Classic FM and BBC Radio 3.
Chan is a fervent advocate of new music, having conducted Singapore premieres of iconic works by John Adams, Luciano Berio, Pierre Boulez, Chen Yi, Chen Qigang, Gyorgy Ligeti and Toru Takemitsu with the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory’s New Music Ensemble (NME). Locally-based Singaporean composers such as the late Tsao Chieh and Leong Yoon Pin, Eric Watson, PerMagnus Linborg, Peter Edwards, Ho Chee Kong, Yuan Pei Ying, Emily Koh, Chen Zhang Yi have also had their works performed under Chan’s direction.
Chan has provided mentorship and guidance to many emerging Singaporean musicians as well as leading them in professional solo performances, including Abigail Sin (Piano), Loh Jun Hong (Violin), Alan Choo (Violin), Clarence Lee (Piano), Albert Lin (Piano), Cheryl Lim (Flute), See Ian Ike (Violin), Edward Tan (Violin), Gabriel Ng (Violin), Clare Yeo (Piano), Janani Sridhar (Soprano), Janell Yeo (Violin), Laura Peh (Harp), Lim Yan (Piano), Lee Shi Mei (Violin), Rebecca Chellappah (Mezzo-Soprano), Shaun Choo (Piano) and Wendy Toh (Violin).
In 2012, Chan led Singapore's orchestra phenomenon the Orchestra of the Music Makers' (OMM) on its successful UK debut. Since its formation, OMM became the recipient of the 2008 HSBC Youth Excellence Award and its CD releases have received superlative international reviews in the Fanfare magazine and American Record Guide. OMM’s CD of Mahler’s 2nd Symphony was also featured on Singapore Airlines in-flight music selection and has recently been released on iTunes. His leadership and vision also helped shape OMM's philanthropic mission, helping it raise significant funds for various charitable causes such as ChildAid and drawing praise and support from former President of Singapore HE SR Nathan.
Associate Professor Chan is a senior faculty member of the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, National University of Singapore where he lectures on conducting and oversees ensembles and professional development.