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Hong Kong born maestra Elim Chan has been scaling new heights since headline-making triumph at the the Donatella Flick Conducting Competition. As Chief Conductor of the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, Chan will partner with critically acclaimed cellist Sol Gabetta in Shostakovich’s First Cello Concerto and Romantic classics by Beethoven and Mahler.

Elim Chan and the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra


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Celebrating the meteoric rise of the young Hong Kong maestra
Elim Chan teams up with Sol Gabetta and the Antwerp Symphony

The first-ever female winner of the Donatella Flick Conducting Competition, Elim Chan is one of the most exciting young international conductors. Since 2015, Chan has led some of the world’s most prestigious orchestras, including the London Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Concertgebouw and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, to plaudits and resounding reviews. Among Chan’s recent triumphs are her appointment as chief conductor of the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, a position previously held by Edo de Waart and Jaap van Zweden, as well as the 2020 Gramophone Award for her recording of Chopin concertos with pianist Benjamin Grosvenor.

The Argentine cellist Sol Gabetta, a six-time Echo Klassik award-winner, will share the spotlight with Chan in Shostakovich’s fiendishly difficult First Cello Concerto, which was tailor-made for the invincible Mstislav Rostropovich. The concert also features Beethoven’s First Symphony and Mahler’s Blumine—two works which herald the dawn and twilight of the Romantic era, respectively.

Cello Concerto No 1 in E-flat major, Op 107
Cello: Sol Gabetta 

Symphony No 1 in C major, Op 21

Conductor: Elim Chan 

Approx 1 hour

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