One of the most exciting conductors of the younger generation and already widely admired for her unique combination of »drama and tenderness, power and delicacy« (Hereford Times), Elim Chan serves as Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra from this season and has recently been appointed Chief Conductor Designate of the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, a position she will assume from 2019/20 onwards.
Highlights this season include her debuts with BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Sydney Symphony, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic as well as City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. In addition to these new encounters, she returns to the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Rotterdam Philharmonic orchestras.
Recent notable engagements include her debuts with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra or the Orchestre National de Lyon. Previously she collaborated with Berkeley, Detroit and Chicago symphony orchestras, The Mariinsky Orchestra or the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra. She led the Orchestre de la Francophonie as part of the NAC Summer Music Institute in 2012 where she worked with Pinchas Zukerman, and participated in the Musical Olympus Festival in St. Petersburg. In spring 2015 she also took part in masterclasses with Bernard Haitink.
Born in Hong Kong Elim Chan holds degrees from Smith College and the University of Michigan. She became the first female winner of the Donatella Flick Conducting Competition in December 2014 – one of the biggest turning points of her career so far – as a result of which she held the position of Assistant Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra in 2015/16 and was appointed to the Dudamel Fellowship programme with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 2016/17.