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Jamie Howe (viola) and Julian Chan (piano)

February 24, 2024 1:00 pm
February 24, 2024 2:00 pm
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In collaboration with Camerata Ireland Academy, we are pleased to present a lunchtime concert featuring Jamie Howe (viola) and Julian Chan (piano).

Programme to include:

York Bowen Phantasy in F major, Op 54

Hindemith Viola Sonata No. 1v



Born in Belfast, Jamie Howe is currently a fourth year student at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Formerly Head Boy at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester, Jamie began his viola studies with Graham Oppenheimer and is now under the tutelage of Jon Thorne. Whilst at Chetham’s, Jamie had the opportunity of working with the Manchester Camerata and took part in a recording of a Mozart piano concerto with Jean-Efflam Bavouzet under the direction of Gábor Takács-Nagy.

Jamie has played with the Academy Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Semyon Bychkov, Sir Mark Elder and John Wilson amongst others. He has completed the
Professional Experience Scheme with the Ulster Orchestra and has since been invited to do some professional deputy work. Jamie is a former principal viola in both the Ulster Youth Orchestra and the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. He has enjoyed masterclasses with Timothy Ridout, Clifton Harrison and Garth Knox.

Last year, Jamie was jointly awarded the Homan Potterton Bursary Award by the Irish Heritage Bursary Awards and subsequently gave several public performances in London and Waterford. In August, Jamie then participated in the Camerata Ireland Academy, established by Barry Douglas, at Clandeboye Estate, where he enjoyed masterclasses with the viola tutor, Ed Creedon.

As a member of the Regency String Quartet since his second year at the Academy, Jamie has performed in many venues in London and recently travelled to Hong Kong as part of the Sir Elton John Global Exchange Programme. An avid fan of chamber music, Jamie has performed in the World Harp Congress in a Flute, harp and viola trio and has also performed string sextets by Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Strauss and Korngold. He has accepted a place at the Royal College of Music in London for postgraduate studies and hopes to embark on a full-time career in the profession. Jamie is delighted to have recently been awarded a place in the European Union Youth Orchestra and is looking forward to a six-week tour this summer with concerts under the direction of Iván Fischer in Edinburgh, Bolzano, Lucerne, Berlin and New York.



Rapidly developing a reputation as one of the most innovative pianists of his generation, Julian Chan has given performances at a number of prestigious venues across the UK, including Wigmore Hall, Southbank Centre, St John’s Smith Square, and the Sheldonian Theatre. Performing music by a particularly diverse range of composers, he has given alluring recitals featuring works by figures from Sweelinck to Messiaen, from Alkan to Rzewski, unifying these various styles in a captivating manner.

Julian has had masterclasses with numerous pianists of international renown, including Stephen Hough, Imogen Cooper, Jeremy Menuhin, Melvyn Tan, Bobby Chen, and Joanna MacGregor; distinguished conductors with whom he has performed, both as a soloist and as part of the acclaimed Manson Ensemble, include Jessica Cottis, Dominic Grier, Ryan Wigglesworth, Ben Glassberg, Jonathan Berman, and John Gibbons.

A passionate composer and performer of new music, Julian has collaborated with eminent composers such as Howard Skempton, Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Hans Abrahamsen, Deborah Pritchard, Michael Berkeley, and Peter Seabourne. Recently, Julian was awarded First Prize and Sonata Prize at the Nanyang International Music Competition, Singapore, Second Prize at the Jāzeps Vītols International Piano Competition, Latvia, First Prize at the Norah Sande Award, and First Prize at the Coulsdon and Purley Festival with his performance of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3.

Julian is currently recipient of the Ronald and Rita McAulay Award at the Royal Academy of Music, where he studies with Ian Fountain and Michael Dussek. He had his first book of compositions published at age 6, earning him the title of Malaysia’s Youngest Composer.