Chan Tze Law
Singaporean Conductor Chan Tze Law is Associate Director of the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, National University of Singapore and Music Director of Singapore's Metropolitan Festival Orchestra.
International music reviewers have lauded Chan's performances and CD recordings. Fanfare Magazine’s Robert Markow states “Chan paces the climaxes so adroitly that, when they arrive, the listener is nearly swept out of the room on tidal waves of sound”. Gramophone reviewer Marc Rochester describes his performance of Mahler’s second symphony "we can’t ignore the amazing work of Chan Tze Law”. Hobart Mercury hailed his Tasmanian premiere of Mahler’s 6th Symphony as 'triumphant' and The West Australian lavished praise on his performance of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring “Certainly, Tze Law (Chan) did wonders from the podium. It was a tour de force.”American Record Guide remarked that he “led the 120-piece orchestra and chorus of 200 with full understanding of the Mahler idiom”. The Saigon Times noted that the HCMC Ballet Symphony Orchestra "excelled themselves"under his direction in Elgar's Enigma Variations, and the Singapore's The Straits Times' critic Chang Tou Liang highlighted his prolific performances of contemporary and Singaporean music “the cause of new music here today could hardly be in better hands”. More recently, his performances of Mahler's 8th symphony with the Orchestra of the Music Makers, and Sing50 concerts with the Metropolitan Festival Orchestra were named 'Best concerts of 2015' by Singapore's Sunday Times.
Chan has conducted at major music festivals in the UK and the region and has appeared with orchestras such as the Singapore Symphony, Shanghai Philharmonic, Shenzhen Symphony, Xiamen Philharmonic, Zhejiang Symphony, Quiyang Symphony, Thailand Philharmonic and Ho Chi Minh Orchestras and collaborated with soloists such as Joshua Bloom, Fiona Campbell, Felicitas Fuchs, Warwick Fyfe, Deborah Humble, Lee Hyon, Lang Lang, Ng Pei-Sian, Melvyn Tan, Albert Tiu, Qin Li-Wei, Virgillio Marino, Daniel Sumegi and Igor Yuzefovich. Concerts and CD recordings conducted by Chan have been broadcast on Australia's ABC Classic FM, UK's BBC Radio 3 and featured on Singapore Airlines Krisworld In-flight Classical Music selection.
As a pedagogue, Chan was the founding chief conductor of the Australian International Summer Orchestral Institute. He has given masterclasses in conducting at the Peabody Institute, USA, and Royal Academy of Music, London and is widely credited for his roleas the founding music director of the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory Orchestra. He also founded the conservatory's ground breaking new music ensemble to critical acclaim, regularly performing iconic classical contemporary works juxtaposed with Singaporean compositions since 2007 in partnership with Esplanade Theatres by the Bay.
A former scholar of the UK's Royal College of Music where his teachers included conducting luminaries Christopher Adey and Norman Del Mar, Chan made his Singapore conducting debut with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra in 2001 at the invitation of music director Lan Shui.
Chan is also Music Director of Singapore's award winning phenomenon Orchestra of the Music Makers, establishing its international, artistic and philanthropic profile, including the ChildAid concerts which in 2014 helped raise more than $2.38M for the Straits Times School pocket money fund and the Business Times Budding Artist fund.