Twice winner of Juno Awards for Best Classical Composition, composer CHAN Ka Nin’s works have been performed by ensembles and artists such as the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, National Arts Orchestra, CBC Vancouver Orchestra, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Esprit Orchestra, Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra London Canada, Symphony Nova Scotia, Amici, Miro Quartet, Purcell Quartet, Rivka Golani and Lawrence Cherney. His numerous international awards include Béla Bartók International Composers’ Competition, Barlow International Competitions, International Horn Society Composition Contest, Jean Chalmers Award, PROCAN Young Composers’ Competition and Amherst Saxophone Quartet Composition Competition.

Characteristically luminous in texture and exotic in instrumental colors, Chan’s music has been described by critics as “sensuous,” “haunting,” and “intricate.” The composer often draws his inspiration directly from his personal experiences: for example, the birth of one of his daughters, the death of his father, his spiritual quests, or his connection to nature and concern for the environment.

In 2001, his opera Iron Road, written with librettist Mark Brownell, won the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Musical. In 2002, his chamber work Par- çi, par-la, which was recorded by Ensemble Contemporain du Montréal, has won the Juno Award for Best classical composition. In 2017, Sinfonia Toronto’s commission work My Most Beautiful, Wonderful, Terrific, Amazing, Fantastic, Magnificent Homeland was recorded by the Toronto Symphony on their CD Canada Mosaic SESQUIES. In 2018, the Dragon’s Tale was awarded the Kathleen McMorrow Award, which recognizes the presentation of contemporary classical music by Ontario composers. His new work, Pikä Talvi, (long winter) was premiered by percussionist Antti Ohenoja and a string quartet in Helsinki in January 2022. His Harp Concerto will be premiered on November 11, 2022. His chamber work for 9 instruments will be premiered by AsianArt Ensember in Berlin, Germany on November 27, 2022. Currently he preparing the premiere of his second full length opera Dragon’s Tale which will be in June 2023.

Next Event - Premiere of his opera Dragon's Tale at Concert Stage, Harbourfront from June 15 - 18, 2023. Librettists is Mark Brownell, Director is Michael Mori, and Music Director is David Fallis. Co-produced by Tapestry, Soundstreams, and Luminato.


Premiere of Opera Dragon's Tale from June 15 - 18, 2023 at Harbour Front, Toronto.

The premiere celebrates the Dragon Boat Festival.


Premiere of Welcoming Spring was premiered by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra under Naomi Woo on January 14, 2023 in Winnipeg.

This concert is part of Lunar New Year Celebration

Premiere of Moods of Lake Couchiching by AsianArt Ensemble in Berlin, Germany on November 27, 2022.

Production of the AsianArt Ensembles in cooperation with Kultur Büro Elisabeth With friendly support of inm Berlin e.V.

Premier of Harp Concerto by Sinfonia Toronto under Nurhan Arman with soloist Teresa Suen-Campbell.

This concert was livestreamed on Friday, November 11, 2022, 8 pm from theTrinity St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor Street West. It will remain available online for 4 more weeks.


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