Pianist Wyn Chan performed Liszt’s Second Piano Concerto with Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra in October 2013, and is a budding artist and architect.
At the Chetham’s Showcase he will perform:
JS Bach: Prelude and Fugue in C sharp minor from The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I
Liszt: Ballade No. 2 in B minor, S. 171
Wyn Chan, born in Barrow-in-Furness, is eighteen years old and lives in Penrith. He joined Chetham’s School of Music in 2008 and studies piano with Marie-Louise Taylor. He has been playing the piano since the age of eight.
In May 2008, Wyn was the winner of the under 15’s category of the ‘Lanercost Young Musician of the Year’ competition and received 2nd prize in the under 19’s category. He has also previously won 1st prizes in the Lancaster and Carlisle Festivals, and has been a prize winner in the Chetham’s annual Beethoven and Yamaha Competitions.
Wyn has played in concerts in Birmingham, Carlisle (as part of the Carlisle International Summer Music Festival), Chester, Lancaster, Lanercost, London, Northumberland (as part of the Northumberland Music Festival), and Sunderland. He has participated in masterclasses by Gordon Back, Stefan Bojsten, Bryce Morrison, and Kathryn Stott. In addition to his solo work, Wyn also enjoys accompaniment and playing chamber music, recently performing Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time in Eaton Square, London.
Following on from success in the Chetham’s concerto auditions, Wyn performed Liszt’s Second Piano Concerto at the Great Hall (Lancaster University) and the RNCM (Manchester) with the Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Stephen Threlfall.
Aside from music, Wyn enjoys reading, walking, and is a keen artist who loves drawing in his spare time. He is taking Maths and German A-Levels and plans to study at the Manchester School of Architecture (you can view his admission portfolio at www.wynchanportfolio.blogspot.co.uk) when he leaves Chetham’s, hoping one day to fully qualify as an architect.
Image: Wyn Chan: ‘New build in progress’ (Acrylic, collage, plaster, 64x45cm)