Kai-Young Chan is drawn to assimilating elements from various Asian musical traditions as well as classical Chinese folklores, language, and literature into the his versatile output from concert works to film scores, from conventional western forms to modern Chinese instrument ensembles. He has worked closely with professional ensembles across the continents including the Daedalus Quartet(US), the International Ensemble Modern Academy(DE), Ensemble XXI(BE), Chinese Music Virtuosi(HK), and musicians from the Julliard School and the Curtis Institute. His recent works le vent de la nuit was premiered in May 2013 by the Dolce Suono Ensemble(US) as a winning piece of their composition competition, and his chamber work Tinkles in the Rain received its European premiere by XXI in ISCM World Music Days 2012 (Belgium). He is also the recipient of champion in New Generation 2012, the David Gwilt Composition Prize, the Audience Choice Award of the Young Musicians Performance Platform, and the Composers and Authors Society of Hong Kong Music Scholarships.
Kai-Young is a Benjamin Franklin Doctoral Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania, where he studies composition under the tutelage of Jay Reise, James Primosch, and Anna Weesner. He completed his Master of Music in composition as a student of Victor Chan at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, where he received his Bachelor of Arts with first class honours.