Pianist Louise Chan, a native of Ottawa, Canada, is a versatile classical pianist, chamber musician, orchestral keyboardist, and music educator. Currently based in Chicago, she is a founding member of the Blue Violet Duo with violinist Kate Carter. Their debut album, American Souvenirs, was featured as WFMT 98.7's Album of the Day. The duo has had repeat performances at the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series, and they perform frequently in the Chicagoland area. Dr. Chan has performed as a solo and chamber musician for audiences across North America, including venues such as Orchestra Hall in Chicago, Weill Hall in New York, and the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. She is a past winner of the Canadian Music Competition, and has appeared as a soloist with the National Arts Centre Orchestra and the Northwestern Summer Orchestra. Dr. Chan has served as principal pianist of the Madison Symphony Orchestra and on the faculty of Northeastern Illinois University. Currently, she is on the piano faculty at the Music Institute of Chicago and performs as a substitute keyboardist with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. She is a member of the Royal Conservatory of Music’s College of Examiners, and judges regularly at music festivals and competitions in the Midwest. Performance highlights of the 2019-2020 season include a concerto solo with the Music Institute of Chicago Community Orchestra, a chamber recital on Live From WFMT, and engagements with new music groups Fulcrum Point New Music Project and The Zafa Collective.
Dr. Chan holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and Northwestern University, as well as an Associate diploma from the Royal Conservatory of Music. Her dissertation, A Guide to the Orchestral Piano Repertoire, is an annotated bibliography of orchestral works with keyboard parts; she was selected to present her work on this topic at the MTNA National Convention in New York City. She has been an orchestral fellow at the Aspen Music Festival and a pianist at the Castleman Quartet Program. She has also performed as an orchestral and chamber musician with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and the New World Symphony. Her teachers have included Fernando Laires, Alan Chow, John O'Conor, Anne Epperson, and Nicole Presentey. In her spare time, she enjoys doodling and folding paper.
Enjoy my stop-motion origami video of Chopin's Cat Waltz!