David Ho-yi Chan

Hong Kong

David Ho-Yi Chan (b.1992) is a young composer, conductor and organist born in Hong Kong. Along his profound interest in exploring harmonic syntax, Chan’s music 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. Highlighted commissioners and collaborators include BBC Singers, Choir of Selwyn College, Cambridge, Choir of St Pancras Church, Hong Kong Oratorio Society, Hong Kong Strings, RTHK Quartet, Hong Kong Children’s Choir, Yat Po Singers, Romer (String Quartet), Hong Kong New Music Ensemble, Hong Kong Youth Windophilics etc.  ​

Chan graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Music, with organ study under the tutelage of Kin-Yu Wong and composition studies under the tutelage of Victor Chan, Wendy Wan-Ki Lee and Hau-Man Lo. Since his undergraduate studies, his music has been performed and screened across the UK, Hong Kong and other countries, such as Brandenburg Choral Festival of London (2017), London Festival of Contemporary Church Music (2017) and Asian Composers League Festival & Conference (2015, 2016). In 2014, he represented Hong Kong to attend the International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM) World Music Days in Poland, making him the youngest Hong Kong composer representative in this prestigious forum to date.

Supported by the Elsie Gertrude Martin Award, Henry Wood Accommodation Trust (2016), CASH Music Scholarship (2015) and Jebsen & Co. Choral Arts Youth 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 under the tutelage of Sophie-Véronique Cauchefer-Choplin and David Graham. During his study in London, he had been served as the Director of Music at John Keble Church. Notably, Chan led the choir for serving in the choral evensong with the Bishop of London during the Patronal Festival for commemorating the 150th anniversary of John Keble’s death.