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Toby Chan

Co-Principal Bassoon

Toby Chan

Hong Kong bassoonist Toby Chan was appointed Co-Principal Bassoon of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra in 2016.  As an active orchestral musician, he has performed with orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Cleveland, and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. In the summers of 2015 and 2016 he was an orchestra fellow at the Tanglewood Music Festival. He was also a member of the Asian Youth Orchestra in 2010 and 2011.


In 2014 Chan was invited to perform with The Hong Kong Obsession at the International Double Reed Conference in New York.  From 2011 to 2014, he held the Vice-Chairman position of The Bassoonion, and gave numerous ensemble concerts aimed at promoting the bassoon to the public. Winner of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts’ Concerto Trial 2011, he performed the Vanhal's Concerto for Two Bassoons with HKAPA's Academy Symphony Orchestra.  He was chosen as one of the "2012 Young Music Makers" by RTHK and recorded an album, and radio and television programmes with RTHK. 


After receiving the Bachelor of Music degree from the HKAPA, Chan pursued his Master of Music degree at The Juilliard School in New York, under Judith LeClair, the Principal Bassoon of the New York Philharmonic.  He was awarded the Bernard van Zuiden Music Fund Scholarship and the Juilliard Scholarship in support of his education. Currently Chan is a chamber music faculty in the HKAPA.