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22 year old pianist and harpsichordist based in London and Dublin. Studying at the Royal College of Music, London.
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22 year old Irish-born pianist Aidan Chan is currently a student of Nigel Clayton at the Royal College of Music in London. ​ As a musician, Aidan has been described as “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), China and across Ireland (the Freemasons Grand Lodge, the Hugh Lane Gallery and the National Concert Hall). As a concerto soloist he has performed with the DIT Sinfonia, as well as the Philharmonic Orchestra of Budweis. Aidan is also a keen chamber musician, and regularly performs as part of the Cupra Duo with British saxophonist Sophia Elger. Aidan has won 90 prizes in competitions across Ireland that include 55 first prizes and special awards, including the main prize of €5000 at the 2016 Fr Frank Maher Classical Music Awards. Internationally, he has been a multiple prizewinner in competitions in the UK, Germany and Austria. In 2019, Aidan was recipient of the Trench Award and Audience Choice Prize in Ireland, becoming the first pianist and youngest finalist to do so. Most recently, Aidan gave the world premiere of British Chinese composer Alex Ho’s “Knuckleduster” for solo piano as part of the Chinese Arts Now Festival 2021. He will continue his studies as a Master of Music student at the Royal College of Music in September 2021, where he aims to further explore his East Asian diasporic identity as a performer of Western Classical Music.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
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4th Encoreversary
Musicianship
Genres:
Classical, Baroque, Contemporary classical, Film / TV music, Asian music, Pop rock, Punk rock, Indie, Rock
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Event types:
Concert, Wedding, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Recording session
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Other skills:
Arranger, Lyricist, Songwriter, Transcription, Repetiteur, Accompanist
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Song list

Solo:
Johann Jacob Froberger: Toccata in D minor
Johann Sebastian Bach: Prelude and Fugue in D minor, WTC1 BWV 851
Johann Sebastian Bach: Prelude and Fugue in C sharp minor, WTC1 BWV 849
Johann Sebastian Bach: Prelude and Fugue in F minor, WTC1 BWV 857
Johann Sebastian Bach: Toccata in E minor BWV 914
Johann Sebastian Bach: Toccata in G major BWV 916
Johann Sebastian Bach: Italian Concerto BWV 971
Domenico Scarlatti: Sonata in C major K.159, L.104
Domenico Scarlatti: Sonata in F minor K.387, L.175
Domenico Scarlatti: Sonata in F minor K.481, L.187
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Sonata No.2 in F major, K280
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Sonata No.3 in E-flat major, K.282
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Sonata No.7 in C major, K309
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Sonata No.8 in A minor, K310
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Rondo in A minor, K.511
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Adagio in B minor, K.540
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: 9 Variations on a Minuet by Duport, K.573
Joseph Haydn: Piano Sonata No.60 in C major Hob.XVI:50
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.13 in E flat major "Quasi una fantasia", Op.27 No.1
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.23 in F minor “Appassionata”, Op.57
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.27 in E minor, Op.90
Franz Schubert: Impromptu Op.90 No.2
Frédéric Chopin: Preludes Op.24 (selections)
Frédéric Chopin: Nocturne in F minor Op.55 No.1
Frédéric Chopin: Études Op.10 (selections)
Frédéric Chopin: Études Op.25 (selections)
Frédéric Chopin: Polonaise in F sharp minor "Tragic", Op.44
Frédéric Chopin: Ballade No.1 in G minor, Op.23
Frédéric Chopin: Ballade No.2 in F major, Op.38
Frédéric Chopin: Ballade No.3 in A flat major, Op.47
Frédéric Chopin: Ballade No.4 in F minor, Op.52
Franz Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No.14 in F minor
Franz Liszt: Isoldens Liebestod (from Tristan und Isolde)
Franz Liszt: Ballade No.2 in B minor
Franz Liszt: Mephisto Waltz No.1
Robert Schumann: Carnaval Op.9
Robert Schumann: Waldszenen, Op.82
Johannes Brahms: Chaconne in D minor for left hand (after Bach)
Aleksandr Scriabin: Étude in D sharp minor, Op.8 No.12
Aleksandr Scriabin: Fantasy in B minor, Op.28
Claude Debussy: Estampes (complete)
Maurice Ravel: Pavane pour une infante défunte
Maurice Ravel: Menuet sur le nom d'Haydn
Maurice Ravel: Prelude in A minor
Maurice Ravel: Valses Nobles et Sentimentales
Nikolay Medtner: Fairy Tale Op.20 No.1
Sergei Rachmaninoff: Étude-tableau in E-flat major, Op.33 No.7
Sergey Prokofiev: Montagues and Capulets (from Romeo and Juliet)
Dmitri Shostakovich: Prelude and Fugue in G major, Op.87 No.5
Dmitri Shostakovich: Prelude and Fugue in D-flat major, Op.87 No.15
Earl Wild: Embraceable You (from Seven Virtuoso Etudes on Popular Songs)
Brent Parker: Lorca's Last Walk
Philip Hammond: Kiss Me Lady (from Miniatures and Modulations)
Philip Hammond: Kitty Tyrrel (from Miniatures and Modulations)
Philip Hammond: The Parting of Friends (from Miniatures and Modulations)
Maeve Kelly: The Inner Ear
Jianzhong Wang: Silver Clouds Chasing the Moon
Xian Xinghai/Aidan Chan: Ode to the Yellow River
Chamber Music:
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Trio in E flat major for Piano, Viola and Clarinet K.498 "Kegelstatt"
Franz Schubert: Arpeggione Sonata
Franz Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No.2 in C sharp minor (for 2 pianos)
Robert Schumann: Violin Sonata No.1 in A minor, Op.105
Robert Schumann: Märchenerzählungen for Piano, Viola and Clarinet, Op.132
Henri Vieuxtemps: Viola Sonata No.1 in B flat major, Op.36
Jules Demersseman: Fantaisie sur un thème original (for alto saxophone and piano)
Antonín Dvořák: Piano Trio No. 4 in E minor, Op. 90, B. 166 "Dumky"
Zoltán Kodály: Adagio for viola and piano
Sergei Rachmaninoff: Vocalise
Sergey Prokofiev: Flute Sonata in D major, Op.94 (Violin Sonata No.2)
Sergey Prokofiev: Cello Sonata in C major, Op.119
Jacques Ibert: Aria (for alto saxophone and piano)
Eugene Bozza: Aria for alto saxophone and piano
Ferdnande Decruck: Sonata in C sharp (for alto saxophone and piano)
Paule Maurice: Tableaux de Provence (for alto saxophone and piano)
York Bowen: Rhapsody in G minor for viola and piano
André Jolivet: Fantaisie Impromptu (for alto saxophone and piano)
Astor Piazzolla: Tango-Études (for alto saxophone and piano)
Concertos:
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No.23 in A major, K488
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No.27 in B flat major, K595
Joseph Haydn: Piano Concerto No.11 in D major Hob.XVIII:11
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.2 in B flat major, Op.19
Frédéric Chopin: Piano Concerto No.2 in F minor Op.21
Robert Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54
Sergei Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No.2 in C minor, Op.18
Xian Xinghai: Yellow River Piano Concerto
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

I often receive some very kind comments about my performances from audience members, who usually praise me for my ability to communicate with and involve the audience in my music making, and the passion which I express through my playing.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

To name a few, I've played in Carnegie Hall (New York), Wigmore Hall (London), Hong Kong CIty Hall, the National Concert Hall (Dublin) and the Freemasons Grand Lodge of Ireland.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

As a pianist, I love to draw inspiration from a wide range of artists and genres. To name a few, some of my favourite artists are: Alred Cortot, Christian Favre, Martha Argerich, Robert Levin, Sviatoslav Richter, Vlado Perlemuter, Clara Haskil, Emil Gilels, Lucas Debargue, Lang Lang, Bill Evans, Keith Jarrett, Art Tatum, and Nina Simone,

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

While I'm happy to be sharing my music everywhere, the most high profile gig would be my International Shining Stars Concert Carnegie Hall debut at the age of 18.

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

I like to be flexible around the needs of my clients so please do let me know at least a week in advance of your booking so that we can discuss any changes to programmes, fees, etc.

How much time do you need to set up?

Usually not much time at all. If there is a piano present, all I need is about 10 minutes to warm up and then I'll be ready!

If I have a piano at my venue, are you happy to perform on that?

I would definitely be happy to perform on it, provided that it is tuned and it is reasonable condition.

Can I pick the songs you play from the set list?

Yes!

Are you able to bring your own piano or keyboard?

Yes, I have a weighted keyboard with a stand that I am able to transport at a negotiated price.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

I am more than open to requests so feel free to contact me if you have any particular music in mind!

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Short performance (up to 15 min)£60
Up to 1 hour£160
Up to 2 hours£250
Up to 3 hours£325

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Beatrice P, 3 years ago

Aidan was very accommodating with us and played so beautifully. He received lots of compliments from our guests. Thank you!

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Michael C, 4 years ago

The Wagner-Liszt “Isolde’s Liebestod” was the last work the great Vladimir Horowitz ever played and recorded, a mere four days before his death. At Carnegie, Irish pianist Aidan Chan gave it an appropriately operatic, elegiac performance of Wagnerian sweep and ebb and flow. He shrewdly scaled his dynamics from a hushed, foreboding start, to a grand climax of rich resonance. [on Aidan’s Carnegie Hall debut]

Ashley P, 4 years ago

Fearless and uncompromising.