James Chan (1997-) is a Hong Kong-born composer currently based in Manchester. Since 2011 he has been educated in the UK, and is now studying on the prestigious 'joint-course' at the Royal Northern College of Music (under Gary Carpenter) and the University of Manchester.
His music often inhabits a delicate and fragile sound world, with a unique and sensual harmonic and timbral palette. Drawing on a wide range of cultural references, recently he has been much inspired by other art forms, with a particular penchant for the writings of Virginia Woolf.
In 2016 he was announced as a winner in the senior category of the BBC Inspire Young Composer's Competition. Since then his music has been performed by a number of ensembles including the Aurora Orchestra and the NYCGB Fellowship Octet (2016-17). Most recently, he has been chosen to be part of the London Symphony Orchestra Panufnik Scheme 2019.
RNCM Concert Hall
...still the mark made (public workshop)
Hayku (world premiere)
for Brass Quintet