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Reviews 

"At 23, and with a small frame and Harry Potter-ish glasses, Chan at first looks like a high-school kid who sneaked into the symphony. But once Chan starts to play, he brings a wide, rich tone, and you can hear why he’s one of conductor Ludovic Morlot’s most exciting recent hires.

"Nathan is perhaps one of the most inspiring human beings that I've come across in the last two decades. It never ceased to amaze me how blessed, generously gifted and humble he is. I can't wait to do other things with him. He is destined for big success." -Roberta Flack

"'The Music in Me' is at once cheerfully hopeful and downright awe-inspiring. Nathan Chan, an 11-year-old cellist, performs Saint-Saens's 'Swan' so plaintively that it calls to mind the human voice." -The New York Times

"Rather than just hearing how a piece of music begins and ends, Chan wants to communicate to audience[s] every step it takes to climb the musical mountain." -NPR's Performance Today with Fred Child

"Nathan Chan fill[ed] the shoes of the dedicatee cellist Frederick the Second with charming spontaneity." -Victor Khatutsky, classical-scene.com

"Cellist Chan (age 20) and pianist Vardanega (18) possess a musical intelligence and artistic sensitivity that is beyond their years." -San Francisco Classical Voice

"An 18-year old cellist with the poise of Yo-Yo Ma? You bet." -Paul Hertelendy, ArtsSf.com

"In Tchaikovsky's Variations on a Rococo Theme, Chan's rich cello tone and empathy for the work's delicacy were evident throughout," -South China Morning Post

"...boldly delivered." -The Times, London

“…a full, rich sound. His forte is his preternatural engagement with music. His sense of style in three of Schumann’s Fantasiestucke and Chopin’s Introduction and Polonaise Brilliante was developed and slyly sophisticated, yet something apparently innate.” -The Vancouver Sun

"...expansive gestures [that] revealed a deep musicality with his interpretation of the Elgar concerto." -San Francisco Classical Voice

"First up is Nathan, 11, a classical cellist who looks uncannily like a young Yo-Yo Ma. 'I think a good cellist has to feel the music and feel the true meaning,' he says. And as good as his word, he not only gives an elegant performance of 'The Swan,' from Camille Saint-Saëns's 'Carnival of the Animals,' but with remarkable acuity he discusses melodic phrases and harmonic progressions that suggest to him dramatic turns in the music's unfolding narrative." -The Wall Street Journal

"With that, a piano trio hitherto successfully disguised as three kids in their mid-teens turned into an astonishing chamber ensemble, engaged in delivering one of the most exciting readings I've ever heard of the first Mendelssohn Piano Trio." -David Gordon Duke, The Vancouver Sun

"...steeped in the Russian Romantic tradition and played with an assurance way beyond their years... Astonishing." -The Observer, UK (CD Review)

"Nathan was a joy to watch. This young man obviously loves what he does... he exuded the most passion while performing. Parallels with Yo Yo Ma? You bet!" -JustWatchLah, Singapore

"...delightful[ly] vivacious" -Times Union (Albany, New York)

"Aged 15, Nathan Chan, from San Francisco, was the oldest hand, his Dvorák Cello Concerto in B minor a remarkably assured reading. He managed the scurrying scale passages with aplomb but where the musicality really shone was in the spacious feel he gave the long, yearning melody – rhapsodic, intense and completely convincing." -The Journal, UK

"Nathan Chan, 15, played Dvorak’s Cello Concerto. This was not playing by rote. It was expressive and mature." -The Northern Echo, UK

"Oh, that beautiful young musical spirit! Nathan is very special. He is an old musical soul. Throughout the history of music, we've learned that there have been many - Mozart was an old soul. There are some youngpeople who are innately born with the gift of music, and Nathan is certainly one of them." -Roberta Flack

News Articles

He conducted at 3 and now he's playing with Seattle Symphony: Cellist Nathan Chan

Brahms in high definition

Chan and Vardanega: Age, Scores, Beauty

Nathan Chan and Audrey Vardanega dazzle in duos and solos at Old First Concerts

Google Zeitgeist '13: Here's to the Curious, with Gerry Slavit and From The Top

NPR's Performance Today with Fred Child

Circle of Inspiration - Johns Hopkins University Imagine Publication

From The Top Green Room - Nathan Chan spreads the gospel of music

Columbia Spectator - Chan wins Juilliard competition

Article in Arts & Living Magazine

Nathan Chan at the National Chinese Language Conference w/ Asia Society

Young cellist Nathan Chan performs Shostakovich - SFGate

Young cello prodigy ventures into pop music with Roberta Flack - SFGate

Masterful young musicians hit Hong Kong high note 

Prodigies from around the world to perform classical music


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