Claudia Chan // March 17
Star Burning Blue: Claudia Chan, Piano
March 17, 2018
Southminster United Church, 15 Aylmer Ave.
featuring a pre-concert talk by guest composer Kelly-Marie Murphy
Proclaimed the “New Ambassador for New Music" at the age of 20 after winning the 33rd Eckhardt-Gramatte Competition for Contemporary Performance, Claudia Chan still enjoys playing contemporary music just over half of a decade later, not in the least because it's brought her to exciting venues all over North America and Europe, as soloist, chamber musician, and teacher. She was recently named a laureate of Concours d’Orléans 2016, where she was awarded the prestigious Claude Helffer prize and her premiere piece by Matthias Krüger “renk” won the Yvonne Chevillion-Bonnaud Prize, which will be presented in concerts around France in the next season. From 2016-2020, Claudia has been named Artist in Residence of the contemporary music and keyboard departments at the famed Fondation Royaumont in France, where she will organize and present concerts, interdisciplinary projects, and masterclasses. For her work, she has been featured in an episode of CBC's Next! as one of 8 up-and-coming young musicians from Canada, been profiled by the Huffington Post, and awarded development grants from Canada Council for the Arts, Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, Deutsche Musikrat, and the Dörken Stiftung. Since relocating to Germany, she has founded the award-winning new music quartet BRuCH, who have been invited to play at major festivals and record for the Westdeutscher Rundfunk and Deutschlandfunk. Claudia has worked closely with such composers as Helmut Lachenmann, Rebecca Saunders, Philippe Leroux, Hans Thomalla, Unsuk Chin, Johannes Schöllhorn, Vassos Nicolaou, Brian Current, and Alice Ho, and with many young, exciting composers. Her work has been heard on all major German radio stations. Claudia completed her undergraduate studies at The Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory, as a Dean's scholarship student studying with David Louie and John Perry, her Master’s of Music at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln with Prof. Dr. Florence Millet, and graduated with highest honours from the Master's of New Piano Music in the class of Prof. Pierre-Laurent Aimard.
With music described as “breathtaking” (Kitchener-Waterloo Record), “imaginative and expressive” (The National Post), “a pulse-pounding barrage on the senses” (The Globe and Mail), and “Bartok on steroids” (Birmingham News), Kelly-Marie Murphy’s voice is well known on the Canadian music scene. She has created a number of memorable works for some of Canada’s leading performers and ensembles, including the Toronto, Winnipeg, and Vancouver Symphony Orchestras, The Gryphon Trio, James Campbell, Shauna Rolston, the Cecilia and Afiara String Quartets, and Judy Loman.
Kelly-Marie Murphy was born on a NATO base in Sardegna, Italy, and grew up on Canadian Armed Forces bases all across Canada. She began her studies in composition at the University of Calgary with William Jordan and Allan Bell, and later received a Ph.D. in composition from the University of Leeds, England, where she studied with Philip Wilby. After living and working for many years in the Washington D.C. area where she was designated "an alien of extraordinary ability" by the US Immigration and Naturalization Service, she is now based in Ottawa, quietly pursuing a career as a freelance composer.