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Elim Chan

“A rare example of a young conductor at once brilliant and not in the least showing off.” The Sunday Times on Elim Chan

Educated at Smith College and the University of Michigan, Elim Chan has been Principal Conductor of the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra since the 2019/2020 season and Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra since 2018/2019.

For Elim Chan, conducting is like magic, her baton is a musical magic wand: she is always fascinated by the interplay of different voices, which become a whole through her vision. In her music she creates unheard worlds full of daring, fantasy and emotion.

In the current season she debuts f.e. with the Boston and St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Oslo Philharmonic and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. In 2014, Elim Chan became the first woman to win the renowned Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition. Highlights of past seasons include Elim Chan’s appearances with the Philharmonia Orchestra London, the Orchester National de Lyon, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Gstaad Festival Orchestra and the Deutsches Sinfonieorchester Berlin. She has also worked with the Toronto, Detroit and Chicago symphony orchestras, the Mariinsky Orchestra, the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra, the Orchester Philharmonique du Luxembourg, the National Orchestra of Belgium and the National Arts Center Orchestra in Ottawa.