Kai-Young Chan assimilates various Asian cultural traditions into his works, and he is particularly drawn to the musicality of ancient Chinese literature expressed through the tonal properties of the Cantonese language. His music is performed across the continents by Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Curtis Symphony Orchestra, Albany Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, PRISM Quartet, Daedalus Quartet, and Dolce Suono Ensemble in the United States; ensemble chromoson, Duo Kozato-D'Aronzo, International Ensemble Modern Academy, Brno Philharmonic Orchestra in Europe; Orquesta de Cámara de Bellas Artes in Mexico, and Hong Kong New Ensemble, among other prominent performers. His selected works are released on Ablaze, innova, and PARMA records, with scores published by Editions Peters (London) and Central Conservatory of Music Press(Beijing).
Chan is part of the first artist delegation of American Composers Forum to the Havana Festival for Contemporary Music in Cuba, a historic tour documented by the National Public Radio. His music is featured in two editions of ISCM World Music Days (2015 in Slovenia, 2012 in Belgium), International Rostrum of Composers (2014 in Finland), International Forum of New Music Manuel Enriquez (Mexico), Risuonanze Festival (Italy), Internationalen Ferienkurse Darmstadt (Germany), and Musicarama(Hong Kong). He is a winner of the composition competition of Dolce Suono Ensemble, Orchestra Seattle and Seattle Chamber Singers, Helen L. Weiss Composition Prize, champion in New Generation 2012, David Gwilt Composition Prize, CASH Music Scholarship, and other accolades.
The champion winner in New Generation 2012, Chan has also won the Dolce Suono Ensemble composition competition, the Orchestra Seattle and Seattle Chamber Singers Competition, the Vocal Espoo Choral Composition Competition, Association for the Promotion of New Music Composition Competition, PARMA Student Composer Competition, David Gwilt Composition Prize, Audience Choice Award of the Young Musicians Performance Platform, Audience Prize of the Hong Kong Composer's Showcase organized by the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Speech Choir Young Composer Award, CASH Music Scholarships, among other honors.
Chan earned his PhD in Music Composition from the University of Pennsylvania as a student of Jay Reise, James Primosch, and Anna Weesner. While at Penn, he taught undergraduate music theory and musicianship courses in addition to private instruction of piano and erhu. He currently serves on the faculty of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, where he earned his Master of Music and Bachelor of Arts with first class honours.
List of Work
陳啟揚於美國賓夕法尼亞大學完成作曲博士學位，由富蘭克林研究學人獎學金全額資助。陳氏先後於香港中文大學取得一級榮譽文學士及作曲音樂碩士，師隨陳偉光教授，並隨黃安源學習胡琴。陳氏的作品曾獲美國匹茲堡交響樂團、奧爾巴尼交響樂團、西雅圖樂團、寇蒂斯音樂學院樂團、黛德拉斯弦樂四重奏、比利時Ensemble XXI、德國國際現代合奏音樂學院、香港創樂團等樂團演奏，並先後入選國際現代音樂節2012 (比利時)、華人作曲家音樂節2013(香港)、Risuonanze 音樂節 (意大利)、國際作曲家交流會議2014(芬蘭)、國際現代音樂節2015 (斯洛文尼亞)、2015夏灣拿現代音樂節(古巴)、2016埃斯波聲樂節(芬蘭)、2016 soundSCAPE音樂節等國際音樂節。