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Toby Chan was appointed Co-principal Bassoon of the Hong Kong Philharmonic (HK Phil) in 2016. As an active orchestral musician, he has performed with orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra and the BBC national orchestra of Welsh. He has worked under the batons of world renowned conductors including Michael Tilson Thomas, Andris Nelsons, Charles Dutoit, Lorin Maazel, Fabio Luisi, to name a few. In summer of 2015 and 2016, he was an orchestra fellow at the Tanglewood Music Festival. He was also a member of the Asian Youth Orchestra in 2010 and 2011. In 2014, Chan was invited to perform with The Hong Kong Obsession at the International Double Reed Conference in New York. From 2011 to 2014, he held the vice-chairman position of Hong Kong bassoon ensemble The Bassoonion, and gave numerous ensemble concerts aimed at promoting the bassoon to the public. He was a winner of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA) Concerto Trial 2011 and performed the Vanhal's Concerto for Two Bassoons with HKAPA's Academy Symphony Orchestra. He was chosen as one of the "2012 Young Music Makers" by the Radio Television of Hong Kong (RTHK) and recorded an album, radio and television programmes with RTHK. After receiving the Bachelors of Music degree from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA), Chan pursued his Master of Music degree at the Juilliard School in New York, under Ms. Judith LeClair, the Principal Bassoon of the New York Philharmonic. He was awarded the Bernard van Zuiden Music Fund Scholarship and the Juilliard Scholarship in support of his education. Currently, Chan is also a chamber music faculty in the Academy.

Toby Chan


Hong Kong, SAR

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