Laure Chan

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British Franco-Chinese violinist Laure Chan has performed in Europe, Asia, Canada and the Americas.

She made her concerto debut aged thirteen at Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh. Since then Laure has been invited to perform as a soloist in prominent venues including the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford, French Embassy in Beijing, Paris Opéra Bastille, London's Cadogan Hall and Florence Opera House. 

Her awards include 1st prize at the 2015 Paris Grand Prize Virtuoso International Music Competition, the 2010 Music Director’s Award of the Oxford Philharmonic and London’s Royal Academy of Music John McAslan violin prize in the Junior, Intermediate and Senior sections from 2007 to 2011. Most recently, she gained The Century Fund Prize / Richard III Prize at the 2018 Historical Performance Competition at the Royal College of Music.

For the celebrations of Chinese New Year, Laure was invited to perform an open-air concert to an audience of thousands in Trafalgar Square and was featured on LBC News Radio. Other broadcasts include an appearance on Norwegian radio in Oslo and a live broadcast at the Victoria and Albert Museum on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune.

Laure took up the baroque violin under the guidance of Lucy Russell in 2014. She has enjoyed performing Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and Bach’s Double Concerto with period ensembles at the Harwich and Brandenburg festivals. She participated in the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment’s 2017 scheme performing in major London concert halls such as Kings Place, St John’s Smith Square and Royal Festival Hall. Since then, she has performed with the OAE in Cambridge, Glyndebourne, Monaco, Linz, Budapest, London, Manchester with conductors such as Sir Roger Norrington and Marin Alsop.

Born in 1995, Laure began the violin at the age of five at the Royal Academy of Music in London continuing at the Junior Department with Yumi Sasaki. She joined the Royal College of Music as a Scholar in 2012 and is presently studying with Mark Messenger and Gabrielle Lester. She has gained a Bachelor of Music and Master in Performance degree both with first class honours and is now continuing with an Artist Diploma as a Gandar Dower Scholar at the RCM. She has received guidance from great violinists such as Maxim Vengerov, Pinchas Zukerman and Nicola Benedetti.

Laure would like to thank the Hattori Foundation, Donald Paterson Fund, EMI Music Sound Foundation, Dorothy Croft Trust, John Lewis Partnership, The Countess of Munster Musical Trust and Gandar Dower Fund for their generous support.

      'At the age of 9, listening to Maxim Vengerov live at the Barbican was a seminal experience. I was captivated by his energy, passion and presence and knew I wanted to become a violinist.'

'At the age of 9, listening to Maxim Vengerov live at the Barbican was a seminal experience. I was captivated by his energy, passion and presence and knew I wanted to become a violinist.'

      Laure has gone on to perform in a variety of venues including Trafalgar Square, Royal Festival Hall, Victoria and Albert Museum, Cadogan Hall, St John's Smith Square, the French Senate in Paris, Opéra Bastille Paris and the French Embassy in Beijing.

Laure has gone on to perform in a variety of venues including Trafalgar Square, Royal Festival Hall, Victoria and Albert Museum, Cadogan Hall, St John's Smith Square, the French Senate in Paris, Opéra Bastille Paris and the French Embassy in Beijing.

 

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