Ricker Chan, piano
Karah Son (Dec 31; Jan 2, 4, 7, 9, 15, 18, 23)Ricker Chan began his piano studies at the age of 6 and later moved to Melbourne to attend the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School. Ricker made his concerto debut with the VCA secondary School Symphony Orchestra performing Mozart’s Concerto for two pianos in 2009 and the following year gave three performances of Tchaikovsky's piano concerto No. 1 with the Zelman Symphony, Preston Symphony, and in China with the Ju Jiang Symphony Orchestra.
Ricker continued his studies at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, completing his Bachelor of Music degree majoring in Piano Performance. He studied under Associate Professor Stephen McIntyre. In 2017, he moved to Sydney and completed his Master of Music Studies at Sydney Conservatorium of Music under the guidance of Dr Paul Rickard Ford and he is also the recipient of the John Dorothy Vimpani Scholarship, 2018 Theme and Variation’s Emerging Artist Series winner, being selected for Henderson Travellers Piano Program Scholarship to Austria and Germany, being selected for the prize winner concert in Salzburg Mozarteum University as well as the winner of the 2018 Sydney Conservatorium concerto competition and performed with the Sydney Conservatorium orchestra in 2019 March playing Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto.
Ricker frequently wins prizes in competitions and eisteddfods and also received scholarships from the university. Awards such as 3rd place in Japan-Hong Kong International Music competition (2015), two times State finalist in Yamaha Australian Youth Piano competition, 1st in piano solo section in Boroondara Eisteddfod, the Una Bourne Pianoforte Scholarship and many others. He played in Hamer Hall in 2008 for the Top Acts Concert where they chose the most promising performers during the VCE exams season from all around Victoria. He has also played at the Recital Centre and venues around the arts precinct in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Salzburg and Leipzig.