Amanda Chan has achieved recognition in her career as concert pianist, teacher, lecturer, adjudicator and examiner for the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. She has given concerts and masterclasses in Canada, USA, China and Europe as a soloist and chamber player. Born and raised in Vancouver, she started her studies with Edward Parker and was highly successful in her early competitive career including winning First and Top Prizes in the Canadian Music Competition National Finals, CIBC National Canadian Music Festival, Canadian Federation of Music Teachers Association National Bach Competition, “Best Interpretation of a Canadian Premiere Work”, CBC National Young Performers Competition, Concours Orchestre Symphonie de Montreal, to name a few. During her studies with Kum-Sing Lee at the Vancouver Academy of Music, she also won the Kay Meek Competition in 1993.
After completing the ARCT diploma and receiving the Gold Medal for achieving the highest mark in Canada in 1987, Ms. Chan was awarded Canada Council Arts grants and numerous top awards as well as receiving full scholarships from universities to attend undergraduate and graduate degrees. Ms. Chan completed her Bachelor of Music degree at UBC under Kum-Sing Lee and Master of Music degree in Piano Performance at the University of Southern California under John Perry. Finishing head of her graduating class at both institutions, she was awarded the prestigious “Top Graduate” award for both degrees. She continued on with doctoral and post-graduate studies at USC and the Glenn Gould School of Music in Toronto. In the course of her education, she has also studied under Marc Durand, Andre Laplante, Jon Kimura Parker, Robin Wood and Karl-Heinz Kammerling.
Her passion for tango jazz led to her becoming the pianist for the now retired band, Tango Paradiso, whose performances included invitations at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival. Their 2007 CD “Passion” achieved recognition at its release earning Favorite CD pick from CD Baby and 4 stars from The Vancouver Sun review.
Locally, her performances are often heard on CBC-Radio and she plays occasionally as a member of The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Since 2002 she has been a Sessional Lecturer at UBC, School of Music on faculty teaching private piano and chamber music. Ms. Chan is the Head of the Piano Department at the Vancouver Academy of Music.