CHAN Ka-hei Lesley 陳家曦
A Hong Kong-born composer and conductor. Graduated from the University of Hong Kong under the tutelage of Joshua Chan (composition) and Karl Kuegle (musicology) in 2003, Chan immediately pursued his study in historical musicology at University of London where the Serge Prokofiev Archive housed. His teachers included renowned aestheticist Anthony Pryer and the former curator of the Archive, late Noelle Mann. Chan was conferred MMus in 2004 but latter determined to explore his interest in composition. He entered the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in 2008 and studied composition with two important teachers – Law Wing-fai and Clarence Mak. In 2010, he undertook DMus studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, supervised by Wendy Lee.
Well-trained in choral singing since early childhood, Chan writes expressively for different voicings, which also characterized by his use of abundant contemporary choral techniques borrowed from the foreign repertoire. His fluency in vocal music is inherited from his vocal teachers Isabel Gentile and Roberto Abbondanza. While two influential conductors – late David Cooper and Leon Shiu-wai Tong – have provided him insight to the world of choral music and conducting. He has conducted several choirs in international choral competitions in recent years and won major championships.
His major output includes Ripples (2009) which has been recently selected by HKCG for publication project; Chun-hen (2012) a 30-minute multi-media work produced by the HKAPA; and numerous male choir pieces for the Wah Yan College, Kowloon Boys’ Choir – Wu Hang Dao Zhong (2008), Kuo De Hai (2009), Wei Yao Zui Xun Yi Ke Ming Xing (2010), Wo-jiang (2012) premiered in Hong Kong and U.S.A.