pianist in Ireland
pianist in Ireland
18 year old pianist Aidan Chan currently studies with Leon McCawley at the Royal College of Music in London. He joined the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama with a a full scholarship at the age of 11, under the tutelage of Catherina Lemoni-O’Doherty. His development has also been supplemented by regular masterclasses and lessons from notable pianists such as Prof. Andrew Ball, Philippe Cassard, Barry Douglas, Cécile Edel-Latos, Prof. Christopher Elton, Prof. Christian Favre, Prof. Gabriel Kwok, Prof. Vanessa Latarche, Prof. Philip Martin, Prof. Leon McCawley, Prof. Dina Parakhina, Prof. Fali Pavri, Dr. John O’Conor and Prof. Sergey Schepkin. In 2015, he was awarded his Licentiate Diploma from Trinity College London (LTCL) for recital with Distinction.
Since 2011, Aidan has won 81 prizes in competitions across Ireland that include 53 first prizes and special awards. Notable awards include the Lorcan Sherlock Gold Medal (DIT), the Fuller Coakley Award for best Baroque performance from EPTA Ireland, the John Delaney, Henry Loretto and Noreen Thomas Cups and the €1000 Senior Piano Bursary at the Sligo Feis Ceoil, and the Patricia Read Memorial Cup and the Nordell Cup at the ESB Feis Ceoil. Aidan also won the 2016 Fr Frank Maher Classical Music Awards with the top prize of €5000. Internationally, he won 2nd prize at the 2015 Young Pianist of the North Competition (United Kingdom), runner-up prize at the 2016 Troisdorf International Piano Competition (Germany) and 2nd prize at the 2016 Euregio Piano Award in Germany.
As a musician, Aidan has been described in masterclasses and competitions as “talented indeed”, “brave” and “fearless and uncompromising”. He has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in notable venues in the US (Carnegie Hall), UK (Wigmore Hall), Hong Kong (Hong Kong City Hall), Switzerland (Volkshaus Biel) and across Ireland (RDS Concert Hall, Freemasons Grand Lodge, the Hugh Lane Gallery and the National Concert Hall). In addition, he has given recitals by invitation to a number of music festivals and special occasions. As a concerto soloist he has performed with the DIT Sinfonia, as well as the Philharmonic Orchestra of Budweis in Switzerland.