Antwerp Symphony Orchestra
Elim Chan will be chief conductor of the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra in the 2019 – 2020 season, making her the orchestra’s youngest ever chief conductor. She’s following in the footsteps of the likes of Edo de Waart and Jaap van Zweden.
Elim has conducted the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra two times before. In November 2017, she made her debut with the orchestra with a programme including works by Bernstein and Prokofiev. In March 2018, she led the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra and renowned soloist Lukáš Vondráček, winner of the Queen Elisabeth Piano Competition in 2016, through works by Brahms, Liszt and Rimsky-Korsakov.
Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Elim has been named Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, succeeding Thomas Søndergård from 2018. She conducted the Orchestra for the first time in February this year, marking her Scottish début. Less than two weeks later, she did a second show which gained many positive reviews, i.e. from the Scotsman: “…the energy between the two parties is highly charged…” and The Herald “… [Elim] had all the players on their mettle.” After this second appearance, they asked Elim to become the principal guest conductor. Can you guess her response?
NorrlandsOperan has announced Elim as its new chief conductor starting from autumn 2017. During her season with NorrlandsOperan, Elim focused on landmark works such as Tchaikovsky and Mahler’s Symphony No.5, and symphonies and concertos on a Mozart theme. Their Swedish tour included stops at both Gothenburg and Stockholm. Throughout the year, they performed works by brilliant female composers, such as Jennifer Higdon, Kaija Saariaho and Anna Clyne.
Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Elim worked alongside Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel and musicians of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, visiting artists and conductors and students in key LA Phil education programs. During this fellowship, Elim improved and perfected her skills by observing carefully and performing, performing and some more performing. She conducted Los Angeles Philharmonic youth concerts at Walt Disney Concert Hall, participated as cover conductor, and served as mentor herself through participation in programs such as Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA).
In 2009 Dudamel partnered with the Los Angeles Philharmonic to create the Dudamel Fellowship Program. Together they provide a unique opportunity for promising young conductors from around the world to develop their craft and enrich their musical experience through personal mentorship and participation in the LA Phil’s orchestral, education and community programs.
London Symphony Orchestra
Elim had a one-year appointment as an assistant conductor with the London Symphony Orchestra. During this year, she had the opportunity to work with the orchestra’s then principal conductor, Valery Gergiev, principal guest conductors Michael Tilson Thomas and Daniel Harding. Elim also took part in events for LSO Discovery, the orchestra’s music education and community programme.
Winner Donatella Flick-LSO Conducting Competition
Elim took home the first prize in the 2014 Donatella Flick-LSO Conducting Competition, making her the competition’s first female winner.
The biennial competition – inaugurated by Donatella Flick in 1990 under the patronage of Prince Charles – aims to advance the careers of young conductors (35 and under) and help the winner to establish an international conducting career. François-Xavier Roth and Pablo González have also won this competition in the past.