David Ho-yi Chan

Hong Kong

David Ho-Yi Chan 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 projects include commissions from various organisations and collaborations with different performers, such as Choir of Selwyn College, Cambridge, Choir of St Pancras Church, London, 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, Jenga – The Hong Kong Percussion Quartet etc. Recent commissions include his choral work Gods on the Magpie Bridge, premiered by Marymount Secondary School Choir in the Béla Bartók 27th International Choir Competition and the choir won the champion in the category of youth choir.

Chan graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Music. Since his undergraduate studies, Chan has attended various international academic occasions. At the age of 20, he was selected to present his academic paper at the 2nd Chinese Composers’ Conference (2013). In 2014, he represented Hong Kong to attend the International Society of Contemporary Music (ISCM) World Music Days in Poland, making him the youngest Hong Kong composer representative ever in this event. Also, his works are selected to be presented in two consecutive years of Asian Composer League Festival & Conference (2015-16), Brandenburg Choral Festival of London (2017) and London Festival of Contemporary Church Music (2017).

Besides, Chan has been a multiple holder of scholarships and awards, including the Ng Tai Kong Memorial Scholarship (2013) and Academic Creativity Award (2013). Besides, Chan was granted the CASH Music Scholarship (2015) and Jebsen & Co. Choral Arts Youth Scholarship (2015) to support his postgraduate studies overseas. In addition, Chan is a Royal College of Music Scholar supported by the Elsie Gertrude Martin Award and Henry Wood Accommodation Trust (2016).

Currently, Chan is pursuing his Master of Composition degree at the Royal College of Music, majoring in composition under the tutelage of Joseph Horovitz and Kenneth Hesketh; and minoring in organ under the tutelage of Sophie-Véronique Cauchefer-Choplin and David Graham. During his time in London, he had served as the Director of Music at John Keble Church. Notably, Chan was responsible for the choir serving in the choral evensong led by the Bishop of London for commemorating the 150th anniversary of John Keble’s death.