Tak Kwan - Strings and Orchestral
“Technically superb but delivered with a depth of emotion”
Born in a musical family, his father was a violin maker in Hong Kong as Tak started playing the violin at the age of seven. In 1988, he received a scholarship from the Hong Kong Bank to attend Wells Cathedral School, as Music Specialist studied in England.
During his study, Tak represented the school to perform with visiting musicians from West Germany for the Dvorak's Piano Quintet in A major as a violist intensively for a week as well as he was invited to give a violin recital in West Germany in the following year. He also received scholarships to study at Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto in 1989-1995. During his study, he received twice full scholarships to attend Summer Music Camp in Colorado Springs in 1994 and 1995. Later in 2011, he was invited to attend Starling-Delay Symposium at Juilliard School of Music.
From 2002 to 2010, Tak toured to the States and France as a soloist as well as a chamber musician. In 2003 and 2007, Tak gave solo performances to over a crowd of 15,000 in Toronto and Tampa, Florida respectively. In 2010, Tak was invited to perform and work with the professors at University of Concordia for a premiere work of string quartet as the leading violinist in St. Paul, MN. In the same year, he was invited to perform for the Queen of England at Queen's Park in Toronto. In this past April, Tak was invited back to the US for another solo performance in front of 2000 audience.
He also appears in different music festivals in Ontario as an adjudicator. His thoughtful insight and the understanding of violin playing in performance has encouraged and helped a lot of young musicians through teaching and masterclasses.
He is currently appointed as Concertmaster of Northumberland Orchestra and Choir. He was appointed as Concertmaster of Peterborough Symphony Orchestra from 1996-2016. His musicianship has promoted Tak to be Conductor at Yip’s Chamber Orchestra in Toronto since 2013. Under his conducting this year, the group won the first place at Kiwanis Music Festival in its category and also received the Kiwanis Club of the Golden Mile Award as well as came first in the Provincial Finals in 2016.
As the Founder and Music Director of Lavender Chamber Ensemble in 2014. Under Tak's direction, this professional ensemble focuses on promoting young and talented artists by rehearsing and touring together. Through the process of work and commitment, Tak shares and mentors young artists with his experiences and provides opportunity of performances for their future. Within a year, Tak has led two major tours as the first violin and fulfilled his vision. The feedback and response from the public was greatly successful. Tak also received a letter of approval from the Premier of Ontario, Ms. Kathleen Wynne for the last stop of the second tour, Turbulence and Grace in Toronto in June 2015. LCE will launch its new season this coming May, including Tak's violin recital in the fall.