Kan Nin Chan
Born in 1959 in Hong Kong
Chan Ka Nin was born in Hong Kong and moved with his family to Vancouver in 1965. At the University of British Columbia he studied composition with Jean Coulthard while pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering. After graduation he decided to continue studying composition with Bernhard Heiden at Indiana University where he eventually obtained his Master’s and Doctoral degrees in music.
Since 1982, he has been teaching theory and composition at the University of Toronto. His works have been performed by international ensembles from North America, Europe, and Asia. His numerous awards include the Béla Bartók International Composers’ Competition, Barlow International Competition, the Jean A. Chalmers Award, and prizes in the International Horn Society Composition Contest, Procan Young Composers’ Competition, and the Amherst Saxophone Quartet Composition Competition.
In 2001, his opera Iron Road won the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Musical. In 2002, his chamber work Par-ci, par-là won his second Juno Award for Best classical composition.