Born in British Hong Kong, David Ho-yi Chan (陳浩貽, b.1992) is a London-based composer, conductor and organist. Along profound interests in exploring harmonic syntax, his aesthetics seeks to enrich the beauty of simplicity and exemplifies solid practical writings with a clear sense of direction building and consistency by integrating both contemporary and traditional concepts. Recent projects include the Postcards from Composers commissioned by BBC Radio 3, and 2020-21 IGNITE Commission by C4: The Choral Composer/Conductor Collective in New York.
With music broadcasted on BBC Radio 3, RTHK Radio 4, Hong Kong Cable Television and Now TV (Hong Kong), his former collaborators and commissioners include BBC Singers, Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge, Choir of Selwyn College, Cambridge, Choir of St Pancras Church, Musicus Society, Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, Hong Kong Oratorio Society, Hong Kong Strings, Hong Kong New Music Ensemble, Hong Kong Children’s Choir, Yat Po Singers, RTHK Quartet, Romer (String Quartet), Hong Kong Youth Windophilics etc. He has previously worked with Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra under the Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Composers Scheme 2018/19, and players from BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and Philadelphia Orchestra.
Since undergraduate studies, Chan's music has been performed and screened across the UK, Hong Kong and other countries, such as the London Festival of Contemporary Church Music (2017-19), Musicus Fest (2017), Brandenburg Choral Festival of London (2017), "Asia - Europe" New Music Festival (2016) and Asian Composers League Festival & Conference (2015, 2016). In 2014, Chan presented his work at the International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM) World Music Days in Poland, and turned to be the youngest Hong Kong composer representative in this prestigious forum to date.
Chan is a versatile choral artist and composer. He was appointed the Juror for the British Composer Awards 2018 (Choral Category), the Honorary Member of the Association of Croatian Choral Directors (2018), the Emerging Composer at the Florence Choral (2017), and awarded the title ‘World Youth Choral Artist’ by World Youth and Children Choral Artists’ Association (2015). In 2014, Chan was invited to conduct the background choir for Rolling Stones in Macau during their world tour concerts. In 2018, Chan attained 3rd place - Freundeskreis Brauweiler Prize at the Musica Sacra Nova: 14th International Composers Competition in Germany. The awarded work is published by Schott Music. He is also commissioned by The Esoterics as their annual Polyphonos: International Composer (2018/19).
In recent international choral competitions, choirs keep on achieving exceptional results with works by Chan. Notably with his two winning commissions, Marymount Secondary School Choir became the first champion from Hong Kong at the widely acclaimed Béla Bartók 27th International Choir Competition (2016, youth choir category), and the winner of secondary school girls’ choir (intermediate - Chinese) at the 71st Hong Kong Schools Music Festival (2019) respectively. The premiere of his “By Chance” also brought the victory to the Guangdong University of Technology Male Choir at the 5th Guangdong University Student Art Exhibition (Choral, 2017) and first class award at the 5th National University Student Art Exhibition (Choral, 2018) in China.
Supported by the Elsie Gertrude Martin Award (2016), Henry Wood Accommodation Trust (2016), Jebsen & Co. Choral Arts Youth Scholarship (2015) and CASH Music Scholarship (2015), Chan graduated from the Royal College of Music where he obtained a Master of Composition under the tutelage of Joseph Horovitz and Kenneth Hesketh, and studied organ with Sophie-Véronique Cauchefer-Choplin (Saint-Sulpice, Paris) and David Graham (Church of the Immaculate Conception, Farm Street). During his study in London, he served as the Director of Music at John Keble Church. In particular, Chan led the choir in the choral evensong with the Bishop of London during the Patronal Festival for commemorating the 150th anniversary of John Keble’s death.
(Updated on 2 September 2020)