18 June, 2018
Chan Tze Law is Associate Director of Singapore’s Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, Music Director of the Singapore Festival Orchestra and the founding Chief Conductor of the Australian International Summer Orchestral Institute.
Chan made his Singapore Symphony Orchestra conducting debut at the invitation of Music Director Lan Shui in 2001. A former scholar at the Royal College of Music in London, he studied with conductors Norman Del Mar, John Forster and Christopher Adey and noted orchestra leaders John Ludlow and Hugh Bean. He also studied with American violin virtuoso Charles Treger.
In 2006 Chan was tasked to set up and helm as its Music Director the resident professional orchestra of the Singapore Arts Festival. The brand new Singapore Festival Orchestra has since garnered impressive accolades; Singapore’s Straits Times lauded the “admirable unison and shared passion” of the SFO under his direction, and it has also earned high praise from its guest conductors, including composer/conductor Tan Dun’s exclamation “Your new orchestra is an inspiration…Fantastic!”.
Chan has collaborated with professional orchestras, choirs and ballets from Asia, Australia, Europe and the USA. Recent achievements include several broadcasts of his concerts by ABC FM Classics in Australia, as well as critical acclaim by the press, with Hobart Mercury hailing his Mahler’s Sixth Symphony premier as ‘Triumphant’ and The West Australian noting Chan ‘…did wonders from the podium…’ in Stravinsky’s ‘Rite of Spring’.
Chan is also a passionate advocate for music of contemporary composers, and has premièred and conducted compositions by Australian composers James Ledger, Douglas Knehans, Andrew Schultz and Brett Dean, as well as compositions by all major Singapore based composers. In recognition of his performances of music by contemporary icons John Adams, Luciano Berio, Pierre Boulez, Chen Yi, Chen Qigang, Gyorgy Ligeti and Tori Takamitsu with the conservatory New Music ensemble, Singapore’s Straits Times proclaimed “…the cause of new music here today could hardly be in better hands…”
Internationally recognized for building the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory Orchestra into one of the best of its type in Asia during his tenure as its founding music director, he has also lectured at world-renowned American conducting pedagogue Gustav Meier’s studio and was twice conductor/Artist-in-Residence at the University of Western Australia. He has conducted at London’s Trinity College of Music and Australia’s Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music. He has also lectured at the Royal College of Music, London, the Business Solutions regional business leaders retreat in Singapore and presented perspectives on orchestra building at the Peabody Conservatory, USA. At home he conducts the HSBC Youth Excellence Initiative Gala concerts and is also music director of Singapore’s award-winning ‘Orchestra of the Music Makers’.
Chan is a founding faculty member of the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music where he teaches conducting, professional development and holds the rank of Associate Professor. He serves on the National Arts Council’s Art Resource Panel, Singapore Symphony Orchestra’s Audience Development Committee, Singapore National Youth Orchestra’s Management board and the Singapore Armed Forces Music and Drama Company’s Supervisory board.
Join Maestro Tze Law Chan conduct WAYO and OMM in and epic international collaboration at the Perth Concert Hall performing ‘RESURRECTION” Mahler Symphony No. 2, Saturday 7 July at 7:30pm.