Samson Chan

Award: Postgraduate Award

Year: 2020

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: Trombone

Location: Royal Academy of Music


Born in Hong Kong, Sheung Yin (Samson) performs as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician in Hong Kong, Manchester and London. As an orchestral player, Samson has had the privilege of performing with the Hallé Orchestra and Opera North as an extra. He has appeared at the Berliner Philharmonie with the Deutsch-Skandinavische Jugend-Philharmonie, KKL Luzern, Konzerthaus Berlin, Smetana Hall (Prague) and Tokyo Opera House with the Asian Youth Orchestra and soloists such as cellist Steven Isserlis, violinists Sarah Chang and Vadim Repin under the batons of Matthias Bamert and James Judd. In the UK he has performed at the Bridgewater Hall with the Hallé Orchestra and Sir Mark Elder, and the Leeds Grand Theatre with Opera North and Sian Edwards. His identity as a performer has led him to international festivals such as Aurora Chamber Music Festival, the Slide Factory by the New Trombone Collective and the Cantiere Internazionale d'Arte.

Samson earned the Bachelor of Music degree in trombone performance from the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) under the tutelage of Robert Holliday and Helen Vollam. During his time at the RNCM, he was in part of many ensembles including Symphony Orchestra, Recording Wind Orchestra, under batons of renowned conductors such as Vassily Sinaisky, Markus Stenz, En Shao, Philippe Bach and Clark Rundell. Samson participated in masterclasses held by Christian Lindberg, Stefan Dohr, Zoltan Kiss and Allen Vizzutti.

He then went on to London and is currently pursuing the Master of Arts at the Royal Academy of Music (RAM) under the guidance of Dudley Bright, Matthew Gee, Mark Templeton and Ian Bousfield. His study is supported by the RAM scholarship, Help Musicians and the ABRSM Jardin Matheson Scholarship. Since studying at the RAM, Samson has already won positions at the Academy Symphony Orchestra conducted by Edward Gardner and Robert Trevino. He also participated in masterclasses held by Jörgen van Rijen and Rex Martin.
I am really grateful to be a recipient of the Help Musicians’ Postgraduate Award this year. It allows me to continue my studies at the Royal Academy of Music in this particularly challenging time. With the generous support, I have been able to focus on my music-making. Many thanks to the Help Musicians for making this possible.