Commissions & Premières
Chan Kai-young assimilates various Asian cultural traditions into his music, and he is particularly drawn to the musicality of Chinese literature expressed through the tones of the Cantonese language. His music is performed across the continents by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Albany Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, PRISM Quartet, Daedalus Quartet, Mivos Quartet and International Ensemble Modern Academy, among other prominent performers. His selected works are released on Ablaze Records, PARMA Recordings and Innova Recordings, and his scores are published by Edition Peters (London) and Central Conservatory of Music Press (Beijing).
Chan is part of the first artist delegation of the American Composers Forum to the Havana Festival for Contemporary Music in Cuba, a historic tour documented by the National Public Radio. His music is also presented on such international stages as ISCM World Music Days, International Rostrum of Composers, International Forum of New Music Manuel Enriquez, Valencia International Performance Academy and Festival, soundscape and Internationalen Ferienkurse Darmstadt. After earning his PhD in Music Composition at the University of Pennsylvania under the Benjamin Franklin Fellowship, he joined the music faculty at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.