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Wan Pin CHU is an international award-winning Erhuist and composer from Hong Kong, who has received a full scholarship from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) to study Master in Composition for Film, Television and Game under Francis Shaw, Vasco Hexel, and Enrica Sciandrone at the Royal College of Music in London. He is studying Violin under Madeleine Mitchell also from the Royal College of Music. In September 2014, he went to Japan to study Composition at the Kyoto City University of Arts as an exchange student. In 2015, he is under a mentoring scheme by Maggie Rodford, music producer of 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' and 'Thor' in Air-edel, one of the leading music companies in the world. He finished his undergraduate study in 2013 at King’s College London and has received an honor degree in Musicology and Composition.

Wan started learning Erhu, Gaohu and Banhu from his father at the age of seven, and has won two international music competitions, including The United States Open Music Competition (2012) and The Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod in the United Kingdom (2002). He is also the champion of several national competitions in China such as: The Golden Chinese Redbud Talented Search Competition of Chinese Music (2007), The Asia Chinese Music Solo Competition (2006) and The National Zhong-lu Cup Professional Erhu Competition (2005). In Hong Kong, he has also won: the Hugo Chinese Instrumental Solo Competition (2003), the Advanced Erhu Solo Competition, the Advanced Gaohu Solo Competition and the Advanced Banhu Solo Competition (2002) in The Hong Kong Schools’ Music Festival.

Having performed in over hundreds of concerts all over the world including the UK, the US, France, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Japan, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Mainland China etc., Wan is recognised as a versatile performer with rich emotions and limitless virtuosity in his music. In the UK, he is the first Chinese instrumentalist to perform in The Duke’s Hall in Royal Academy of Music and The British Museum in London. He has a wide range of repertoires from traditional and regional Chinese Music to Western Classical Music and even Jazz, Pop and Rock. His performance of Western Virtuoso pieces such as Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso by Saint-SaŽns and The 24th Violin Caprice by Paganini has also dazzled some Erhu professors in the Central Conservatoire of Music in Beijing, which has awarded him Distinction of Grade 10 professional Erhu diploma.

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