Elim Chan

Elim Chan appointed as Principal Guest Conductor of Royal Scottish National Orchestra

20 June 2017

Elim Chan has been named Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, succeeding Thomas Søndergård from 2018.

Chan conducted the Orchestra for the first time in February this year, making her Scottish début, and so impressed the musicians that it led to an immediate request for her to return less than two weeks later. Following her second appearance the RSNO requested a more formal relationship with Chan. The critics were united in their praise following Chan’s return visit, the Scotsman noting that “…the energy between the two parties is highly charged…” and The Herald observed that, “… [Chan] had all the players on their mettle.”

Commenting on the announcement, Elim Chan said: “The first moment I joined the RSNO on-stage I already felt that something unique and gratifying was about to happen. I sensed a magical connection between the musicians and me that allowed us to make music in such a natural way, and I am grateful for everyone’s openness and kindness to me. I am thrilled to be a part of the RSNO Artistic Team and to explore together what’s ahead!"

RSNO Chief Executive Dr Krishna Thiagarajan went on to say: “On behalf of the Orchestra I’d like to welcome Elim to the RSNO family. Her debut performance was of such chemistry that the musicians immediately called for her re-engagement. This led to an on-stage relationship that can be accurately described as inspiring and full of energy, as well as powerfully evident to the audiences. I’m excited by what this partnership will deliver for our audiences in Scotland and further afield.”

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