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Heidi Chan : Associate Artist


Heidi Chan is a versatile composer, pianist, violinist, curator, and inter-disciplinary artist. She interweaves ecological and geographical elements, cultural heritage, scientific research and inter-arts aesthetic in her music. With the juxtaposition of traditional and innovative media, exploration of new performance techniques and sonification of eco-data, her compositions encompass a wide range of genres from contemporary classical art music, aleatoric and electro-acoustic work, to multi-media installation.

Her music has been performed and supported by the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Australian National Academy of Music, Topology, Joy Luck Collective, Les Trois Grâces, Jolivet Trio, The University of Queensland, Alondra de la Parra, Brent Miller, Alex Raineri and many others.

Commissioned chamber orchestra work Dance of Life, premiered by players from the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, led by QSO Concertmaster Warwick Adeney and conducted by Peter Luff, has been rated the most likeable and engaging work in an audience survey conducted by UQ. Trace of Chi for pianist/artistic director Alex Raineri and indigenous dancer/choreographer Katina Olsen ruminates on Australian and cultural identity, and is part of the Brisbane Music Festival's bloodpaths, a major cycle including the commissioning of twenty-five of 'Australia's most vibrant and aesthetically diverse composers'.

Her works have appeared in diverse settings, including Brisbane Music Festival, the Queensland Music Festival, Tyalgum Festival of Classical Music, TIMP.100 project, St John's Cathedral Concert Series, Queensland Youth Orchestra Concerts, the Gallery of Modern Art, UQ Art Museum, eco events and conferences.

She has collaborated with local and international visual artists such as Steve Parish OAM, Italian filmmaker and photographer Alessandro Petrini, and writer Yen-Rong Wong. Her multi-media projects and collaborations have resulted in publications, films, installations and performances.

Vigorously trained in classical music, Chan holds a Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours, the Music Honours Prize, and the Medal for Outstanding Academic Achievement from the University of Queensland where she studied composition with Dr Robert Davidson and piano performance under Professor Liam Viney and Dr Anna Grinberg. She was the recipient of the Tyalgum Festival of Classical Music Prize for Most Outstanding Musician at Queensland Young Conservatorium. She has also received awards from the Australian Music Centre.

She has performed across Australia, played with the Xi'an Symphony Orchestra, directed the UQ Touch Ensemble and been the Young Composer Awards Co-ordinator for the Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference.

Chan is committed to being an artistic ambassador and bringing contemporary Australian art and music to diverse audiences.

Heidi Chan — current to November 2023