Wyn Chan

Award: Postgraduate Award

Year: 2018

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: Piano

Location: Royal Northern College of Music

Website: www.wynchanpianist.wixsite.com/wynchanpianist

Born in Barrow-in-Furness, and currently residing in Penrith, Wyn Chan began piano lessons at the age of nine with Fiona Austen, then at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester with Marie-Louise Taylor, where he received a Licentiateship of the Royal Schools of Music. 
Wyn’s early competition achievements have included ‘Lanercost Young Musician of the Year 2008’, first prizes in the Lancaster and Carlisle Festivals, and prize winner in the Chetham’s annual Bach, Beethoven, and Yamaha Competitions. Recently, he was the winner of the RNCM Beethoven Prize (2015), the Mark Ray Memorial Prize (2016), and was awarded the Peter Donohoe Prize (2016) and the Patricia Cunliffe Award for Keyboard Studies (2017). He was also a finalist in the RNCM Gold Medal Competition (2017), the Manchester International Piano Concerto Competition (2017), which enabled him to perform with the Manchester Camerata, and was awarded a Finalist Prize in the Bromsgrove International Musicians' Competition (2017).
Following on from success in the Chetham’s Concerto Competition 2013, Wyn performed Liszt’s Second Concerto at the Great Hall (Lancaster) and the RNCM Concert Hall with the Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Stephen Threlfall. As a result of winning the RNCM’s Concerto Competition, he performed Bartók's First Concerto in 2018 with the RNCM Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sergej Bolkhovets.
Wyn has played concerts across the country and has received masterclasses from notable musicians such as Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, Stephen Hough, and Sir András Schiff, among others.
In addition to his solo work, Wyn is also a keen accompanist and chamber musician. Highlights include winning the Dewhurst Torevell Chamber Music Prize (2013) and performing Messiaen’s ‘Quartet for the End of Time’ in the Barber Institute (Birmingham) and St. Peter's Church Eaton Square (London). He currently forms a duo with clarinettist Michael Choi and plays frequently in a piano duo with partner Maria Luc, recently performing Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring in the Festival of Chichester and the Alfriston Summer Music Festival.
Wyn has also played orchestral piano with the Chetham's Wind Orchestra, RNCM Wind Orchestra, RNCM Sinfonietta, and RNCM Symphony Orchestra (Stravinsky’s Petrushka).
Wyn is currently studying under the tutelage of Graham Scott at the Royal Northern College of Music, in his final year on the accelerated BMus (Hons) 3-year intensive pathway, and is kindly supported by an ABRSM scholarship. He will be undertaking an MMus in September 2018, generously supported by an RNCM scholarship and Help Musicians UK.