British Franco-Chinese violinist Laure Chan has been described as “a mesmerizing stage presence with the rare ability to draw the attention of the audience into her performance” (Isabelle van Keulen) and “an instinctive musician with a feeling for what is right” (Maxim Vengerov).
She has performed in festivals throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas and has been invited as a recitalist and concerto soloist in prominent venues including London's Cadogan Hall, Paris Opéra Bastille and Florence Opera House.
Laure is passionate in exploring new horizons through a variety of musical styles.
She took up the baroque violin under the guidance of Lucy Russell in 2014 which led to performances of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and Bach’s Double Concerto with period ensembles at the Harwich and Brandenburg festivals. She has also explored baroque to romantic repertoire on period instruments with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment performing throughout the UK and Europe with conductors such as Sir Roger Norrington and Marin Alsop. Laure is also a member of the Chineke! Orchestra promoting ethnic diversity amongst classical musicians.
Developing an interest in composition, Laure aims to combine her classical background with inspirations of multiple genres and cultures. Her debut collaborative EP of original compositions written and recorded in 2019 with Australian cellist/guitarist William Jack combines jazz, rock, blues, latin, folk and classical elements and has caught the attention of people in the music industry including Universal Music Group and Audio Network Ltd. It has been released on 31 December 2020 and is available on disc and streaming platforms.
An advocate of musical education, Laure has been invited to give masterclasses at the University of Costa Rica and continues to teach privately in London. She became an Ambassador for Nicola Benedetti’s newly founded charity “The Benedetti Foundation” providing workshops for string players of varying ages and levels throughout the UK and worldwide. In May 2020, during the pandemic, the Virtual Benedetti Sessions were launched starting with 3 weeks of intensive sessions reaching over 7000 young string players around the world. The project gained The Royal Philharmonic Society’s “Inspiration Award” supported by Decca Classics nominated by the general public. Since then, the charity continues to thrive and reach new participants and Laure has become a Lead Ambassador in March 2021.
Laure first appeared on radio for the occasion of Chinese New Year (2007-2008), after she performed an open-air concert to an audience of thousands in Trafalgar Square and was interviewed on LBC News Radio. Other broadcasts include an appearance on Norwegian radio in Oslo (2010) and a live performance broadcast at the Victoria and Albert Museum on BBC Radio 3 - In Tune (2015). Her awards include the Music Director’s Award of the Oxford Philharmonic (2010), the Royal Academy of Music John McAslan violin prize (2007-2011) and The Century Fund Prize / Richard III Prize (2018) for solo baroque violin at the Royal College of Music.
Laure’s debut album “Tribute to Bach”, released on 21 March 2021 is available on disc and on streaming platforms.
Born in London, Laure began the violin at the age of five at the Royal Academy of Music in London studying with sisters Laura and Eleanor Stanford and continuing at the Junior Department with Yumi Sasaki. She joined the Royal College of Music as a Scholar in 2012 studying with Itzhak Rashkovsky, Radu Blidar, Mark Messenger and Gabrielle Lester. She has gained a Bachelor of Music, a Master in Performance and an Artist Diploma all with first class honours. She has received guidance from great violinists such as Maxim Vengerov, Pinchas Zukerman and Nicola Benedetti. Laure is now mentored by Isabelle van Keulen.
Laure would like to thank the Hattori Foundation, Donald Paterson Fund, EMI Music Sound Foundation, Dorothy Croft Trust, John Lewis Partnership, The Countess of Munster Musical Trust, Gandar Dower Fund, Help Musicians UK and The Royal Society of Musicians of Great Britain for their generous support.