Frieda Chan

Biography


Frieda Chan is currently residing in Seattle, WA, where she works as a PhD Scientist and Patent Technical Advisor at Cooley LLP and performs as a flutist with the Philharmonia Northwest, the Seattle Wind Symphony, the Lake Union Civic Orchestra and the Northwest Symphony Orchestra.  She received her PhD in Molecular Biosciences from Washington State University,  Doctorate of Musical Arts from Stony Brook University, Master of Music from University of Michigan and Bachelor of Music from San Francisco Conservatory of Music. 


As a flutist, she has performed through out Asia, Europe and US as soloist, recitalist and orchestral musician. Her teachers include Jeffrey Khaner (Curtis Institute), Carol Wincenc (the Juilliard School), Amy Porter (UM), Timothy Day (SFCM) and Maria Tamburrino. Furthermore, she was recipient of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Grant, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs Grant, the Nelson Hauenstein Memorial Scholarship, the Robert & Sylvia Zell Memorial Scholarship and the J&V McIntosh Memorial Scholarship.


Performing in a Master Class with Sir James Galway
With an invitation from Maestro Chitaru, she began her professional orchestral career at the age of 17 as guest principal flutist for the Kobe Philharmonic, Japan. Subsequently, she has performed with the San Francisco Symphony, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Spokane Symphony Orchestra, the Walla Walla Symphony, the Plymouth Symphony, the Rendezvous Summer Music Festival Orchestra, the Coeur D'Alene Symphony Opera Orchestra, the Sound Wave Music Festival Orchestra and the Washington Idaho Symphony. 


As a soloist, she has been featured with the Coeur D'Alene Symphony, the Washington Idaho Symphony Chamber Players, the Connoisseur Concerts Spokane, the Catania Music Festival (Italy), the Okayama Music Festival (Japan), Orchestra Filharmonic di Bacau, Orchestra Filharmonic di Ploesti and the Bucharest "George Enescu" Philharmonic Orchestra (Romania) and the Metropolitan Chamber Players. 


An avid chamber musician, she was a founding member of the Metropolitan Chamber Players in New York City. Furthermore, she has performed at the Sarasota Music Festival with Noah Bendix-Balgley (1st Concert Master of the Berlin Philharmonic) and Ann Hobson Pilot (former Principal harpist of the Boston Symphony) and selected as a semi-finalist at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. During her DMA candidacy at the Stony Brook University, she was a TA for the chamber music program where she was coached by the Emerson String Quartet and the New York Wind Quintet. 


Frieda plays on both a gold flute and a silver flute by Brannen Cooper, a Powell rosewood piccolo with a special headjoint made by Justin Bahrami and a Powell Sonore alto flute.