An international concert pianist, Sarah Chan has garnered numerous awards, including The American Prize in Piano Performance, “Rising Artist” selection by New York Concert Artists and Associates, the PianoTexas International Festival competition professional prize, and recent distinguished artist recitals at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Berlin Philharmonic Hall Kammermusiksaal, St. James’s Piccadilly Hall, Beifang University Performing Arts Center, and Ningxia Normal University Concert Hall. Chan has furthermore performed at Carnegie Hall Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Künstlerhaus–Munich, La Cité Internationale des Arts–Paris, Sala Ateneu–Romania, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Meany Hall for the Performing Arts, Enid Symphony Center, Ed Landreth Hall, and Steinway Recital Hall–San Francisco. As soloist with orchestra, Chan has performed with the National "Mihail Jora" Philharmonic Orchestra of Romania, Romanian State Symphony Orchestra, New York Concert Artists Symphony Orchestra, Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony, and Enid Symphony Orchestra.
A native of Hong Kong, Chan received her education in the U.S. and in France. While pursuing her musical training at the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester (D.M.A.), Le Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, Peabody Conservatory of Music of Johns Hopkins University (M.M), Manhattan School of Music (B.M.), and the University of Michigan, she concurrently engaged French literature studies at La Sorbonne, Columbia University, and the University of Michigan.
Presently, Dr. Chan serves as Assistant Professor of Music (Keyboard Studies and Music Theory) and Coordinator of Keyboard Studies at California State University, Stanislaus. Recognized for her influence in international performance artistry and teaching, she has also been appointed as Visiting Professor of Music at Ningxia Normal University in China (June 2015), as well as to the board of the CSU Stanislaus’ International Education Advisory Committee (May 2016). Dr. Chan previously taught at the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester, where she received the Award for Excellence in Teaching, and at Northwestern Oklahoma State University, where she garnered two nominations for the John Barton Distinguished Teaching and Service Award.
In demand as an international adjudicator, masterclass teacher, and lecturer, Dr. Chan judges for The American Prize, United States Open Music, Crescendo International Music, Classical Masters Music Festival, Frances Walton Music, Music Teachers National Association, and Music Teachers Association of California competitions. She has taught masterclasses at professional, university, and pre-college levels throughout the U.S. and in China, most recently at the Pacific Institute of Music, Oklahoma City University, Beifang University for Nationalities, and Ningxia Normal University. As a lecturer, she has presented on diverse topics of musical and interdisciplinary research at conferences and museums including the MBAA International Business Society, East Asian Educators’ Conference of the Confucius Institute at the University of Oklahoma, and the Oklahoma Historical Society. Enthusiastic to motivate a new generation of movers and shakers in the arts, humanities, and sciences, Sarah Chan engages a passion to inspire others toward artistic, educational, and professional excellence in multi-dimensional sectors of life.