M.A. (Music with Distinction), B.Sc., ARCT (Piano Performance), RMT (CFMTA, BCRMTA, HKPTA)
Certified Advanced Specialist in Piano, Theory & History (Royal Conservatory of Music)
Alana Chan is an active music educator, adjudicator, pianist and conductor across Canada, America, Europe, Macau and Hong Kong. During her earlier musical career, she has won numerous awards in music competitions including the First Place National award in the Canadian Music Competition and the Kay Meek Competition in the Vancouver Academy of Music where she studied with Professor Saida Matyukov and Professor Lee Kum Sing. She was named as the top ten young talented pianists in the International Pacific Piano Competition in 2000. In 2001, she gave her debut piano concerto performance with Maestro Victor Feldbrill and The Vancouver Academy of Music Orchestra at the Orpheum Theatre. Alana achieved Master of Arts in Music with Distinction and was awarded the Scholastic Award for being the top of her graduating class from the Hong Kong Baptist University. In addition, she was featured in the Hong Kong Ming-Pao newspaper (Feb.2nd 2018 issue) for being one of the most successful alumni of HKBU.
Alana has over 20 years of music teaching experience and has led music workshops, school bands and choirs for children including students with special needs. She has founded and taught the school choir at the Jockey Club Sarah Roe School of the English Schools Foundation. Alana was a music instructor at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. In 2012, she was invited by the Government of Hong Kong to give a series of “Summer Music Workshops – First Music Lessons” for two consecutive summers. She has given masterclasses and adjudicated in festivals and competitions including the Pre-Hong Kong Schools Music Festival Workshop, the preliminary round of the Vancouver International Music Competition, the 25th & 26th Annual Edith Lando Gifted Youth Music Competition, the Phyllis Salter Annual Piano Competition, the Vancouver Academy of Music Junior & Intermediate Symphony Concerto Competitions, and the final round of the 20th Asia Piano Open Competition. Alana is on faculty at the Vancouver Academy of Music and is a certified music teacher of the Royal Conservatory of Music, holding the Advanced Specialist in Piano, Music Theory & History designations. She is currently the Vice President of the Canada International Arts and Music Society; and is also serving on the board of the Vancouver Women’s Musical Society.
Since 2015, Alana has been the Music Director of the Simon Fraser University Concert Orchestra and in 2018 she was also appointed the Music Director of A Little Night Music Orchestra. The orchestras she has performed with and conducted include the London Serenata, Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra, Vancouver Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra, Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy Orchestra, Hong Kong Symphonia, Hong Kong Elite Chamber Orchestra, Hong Kong Children’s Symphony Orchestra in Vienna, and the Chamber Orchestra of New York at the International Respighi Conducting Competition where she was awarded Honorable Mention in Carnegie Hall. Her past and present conducting mentors include Professor Howard Williams (Post-graduate Professor of Conducting at London Royal College of Music); Professor Timothy Long (Music Director of Eastman Opera Theater, Associate Professor at Eastman School of Music); Frank Klassen (Artistic Director of Opera Appassionata, Founder of Junges Mozart Orchester), Ken Hsieh (Director of the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra), Dirk Brossé (Music Director of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia), Dr. John Farrer (President of the Conductors Guild, Music Director of Santa Maria Philharmonic), Salvatore Di Vittorio (Music Director of the Chamber Orchestra of New York.), Arthur Arnold (Chief Conductor of the Moscow Symphony Orchestra), and Jimmy Chiang (Kapellmeister of the Vienna Boys’ Choir). Summer 2018, Alana was appointed Assistant Conductor of the opera festival Prague Summer Nights and did a concert tour in Czech Republic.
Besides music, she has also made contributions in the field of Chemistry and was awarded the Vice President Research Award from the Simon Fraser University.