Hong Kong violinist Daniel Chan started piano lessons at the age of four and violin lessons with former concertmaster of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra Ngai Ho-chau at the age of nine. Whilst still a student, Chan won all the major violin prizes at the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival, including the top prize for solo violin – the Commercial Radio Prize at the age of 15.
After completing secondary school education in Hong Kong from St. Paul’s Co-Education College, Chan entered the New South Wales Conservatorium of Music (now Sydney) in Australia and obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Music. Immediately upon graduation in 1991, Chan was offered a position with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. During his tenure at the orchestra, he was invited to be guest co-concertmaster of the Asian Friendly Concert in Fukuoka, Japan in 1996.
Apart from his career development as an orchestral musician, Chan is also a violin tutor at various schools in Hong Kong. Chan is a strong believer in music education and in 2002, he obtained a certificate of child psychology so that he could devise more effective methods of violin teaching for children. In 2009, Chan was the Music Director of an original, Cantonese child musical entitled “小白兔送紅蘿蔔” which was attended and commended by the Director of Leisure and Cultural Services Department, and was staged 20 times thus far.
He was leader of the Hong Kong Chamber Orchestra from 2004 to 2008 and also played with the Orchestra as a soloist. He has also led various orchestras in Hong Kong including the Hong Kong Camerata, the Hong Kong Medical Association Orchestra and The Learner’s Chorus Orchestra. In 2006, he was appointed the concert-master of the production of Phantom of the Opera in Hong Kong.