Associate Professor Chan Tze Law
Singaporean conductor Chan Tze Law is a founding faculty member of the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, National University of Singapore, where as Associate Professor he lectures on conducting and music leadership and as Vice Dean he oversees the conservatory’s Career Orientation and Community Engagement (COCE) area. He has recently been appointed concurrently as Vice Dean-designate of Office of Student Affairs overseeing the Centre for the Arts.
Prof Chan is widely acknowledged for his founding role in establishing orchestral training at the conservatory. He also led the development of professional music business modules and the ground-breaking Bachelor of Music in Music, Collaboration & Production (MCP), as well as the creation of the Singapore’s first university-level CET modules in music with SkillsFuture (SSG) funding support. More recently, Prof Chan led the design and launch of conservatory’s new Masters in Music Leadership programme.
Prof Chan holds professional diplomas in violin performance and teaching, bachelor and doctoral degrees in orchestral conducting as well as a master’s degree in management. He was the founding Chief Conductor of the Australian International Summer Orchestral Institute and presented masterclasses in conducting at the Peabody Institute (USA), Royal Academy of Music (UK) and the Queensland Conservatorium (Australia). Prof Chan served on the selection committee of the Oxford University’s Conducting Institute International Conducting Studies Conference. He co-presented (with Prof Kenneth Paul Tan) ‘Tune in to leadership’ at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy’s annual Senior Management programme, as well as leadership programmes and workshops for other NUS faculties and major Singapore and international business organisations. He currently serves on as a director on the board of the Singapore Chinese Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Music Makers (OMM), an award-winning symphony orchestra comprising trained volunteer musicians.
Prof Chan is the music director of both the Singapore’s Metropolitan Festival Orchestra (MFO) and the OMM. In 2008, he was bestowed the Composers and Authors Society of Singapore’s award for Artistic excellence for his contributions to the Singapore music community. Prof Chan has conducted orchestras and performed at major music festivals internationally, and his concerts and CD recordings have been broadcast on Australia’s ABC Classic FM and UK’s BBC Radio 3.
In 2020 he made history when he conducted the OMM and an international star cast in Die Walküre, Singapore’s first-ever production of a Wagner ring cycle opera, to critical acclaim at the Esplanade Theatres on the Bay. Opera (UK) proclaimed that Prof Chan “elicited a multitude of expressive nuances and drew immense power without force from his musicians,” on the production. Recordings of major orchestral works by Mahler and Elgar, as well as works by Singaporean composers conducted by him is currently featured on Singapore Airlines KrisWorld in-flight classical music selection, Spotify, YouTube and Apple Music.