Introducing Tak Kwan, conductor of the GYMC String Orchestras
Who is Tak Kwan?
Born into a musical family, his father was a violin maker in Hong Kong, and Tak started playing the violin at the age of seven. In 1988, he received a scholarship from the Hong Kong Bank to attend Wells Cathedral School, as a Music Specialist, in England. During his study, Tak represented the school to perform with visiting musicians from West Germany in Dvorak’s Piano Quintet in A major as a violist, intensively for a week. He was also invited to give a violin recital in West Germany in the following year. Tak also received scholarships to study at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto from 1989-1995. During his studies, he twice received full scholarships to attend the Summer Music Camp in Colorado Springs in 1994 and 1995. Later in 2011, he was invited to attend the Starling-Delay Symposium at Juilliard School of Music.
From 2002 to 2010, Tak toured the USA and France as a soloist as well as a chamber musician. In 2003 and 2007, Tak gave solo performances to over a crowd of 15,000 in Toronto and Tampa, Florida respectively. In 2010, Tak was invited to perform and work with the professors as the leading violinist at University of Concordia for the premiere of a work for string quartet in St. Paul, MN. In the same year, he was invited to perform for the Queen of England at Queen’s Park in Toronto. In this April 2017, Tak was invited back to the USA for another solo performance in front of an audience of 2,000.
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