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David Chan, Concertmaster

David Chan, Concertmaster

Concertmaster David Chan is one of today’s most sought after artists, both as a violinist and a conductor.  Now in his 24th season as concertmaster of the Met, he was recently named Principal Conductor of the Apollo Orchestra, one of the leading ensembles in the Washington, D.C. area; and as Director of the Credo National Festival, a new orchestral institute to be held in Chicago’s Symphony Center.   His guest conducting engagements in recent seasons include Belgium’s l’Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège, the Malta Philharmonic, l’Orchestre Dijon Bourgogne in France, and the Grant Park and Classical Tahoe summer festivals.  As a soloist, he has appeared under the baton of such conductors as James Levine and Fabio Luisi, with orchestras including the MET Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Diego Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan, and Moscow State Symphony.  He is also a dedicated chamber musician who performs regularly in the New York area and at all the leading summer festivals.

A native of San Diego, Chan began his musical education at the age of four.  After winning prizes at the Tchaikovsky and Indianapolis international violin competitions, he made his New York debut in 1995 at Avery Fisher Hall, and his Carnegie Hall debut in 2003, performing the Brahms Double Concerto with the MET Orchestra.  A student of Dorothy DeLay, Hyo Kang, and Michael Tseitlin, he received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and his master’s from the Juilliard School.  In addition to being on the Juilliard faculty, he also serves as Head of the prestigious Orchestral Performance program at the Manhattan School of Music, and lives in the New York City area with his wife, violinist Catherine Ro, and their children Annalise, Micah, and Arianna.


Lessonface and MET Orchestra Musicians Masterclass Series

The MET Orchestra has given 17 free masterclasses hosted and sponsored by the online learning company Lessonface during the 2020-21 Season. This series of masterclasses has featured 45 MET Orchestra Musicians coaching 46 students performing live from 17 US States, Canada, and 10 countries in Latin America, Europe, and Asia. This masterclass series will culminate...