Rebecca-Sen Chan was born in Victoria, British Columbia and played her first public recital at the age of six when her remarkable talent was already in evidence.
Chan won top prizes in competitions attracting the interest of artists worldwide and was a regular soloist at the Banff Centre and Aspen Music Festival. She was sponsored by the Nickel Foundation of Canada to further her career to study with Soulimna Stravinsky. At the Interlochen Centre for the Arts, she was the recipient of the Van Cliburn Award.
Teaching the art of practice, discipline, love of music and mentoring young talent has been an important part of Chan's musical life. She continues to work with students in master classes and as a guest lecturer. In addition, Chan is a current member of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Board of Trustees and former member of the Board of Trustees for her alma mater the Interlochen Centre for the Arts.
Among Chan's most influential teachers were famed British pianist Clive Lythgoe and American Elena Guirola Hitchock who passed on the legacy of her professor Egon Petri. Chan made her orchestral debut with members of the Cleveland Orchestra playing the Liszt E Flat Major concerto -- a tremendous success which was specially featured on WCLV-FM, Cleveland’s fine arts station as well as other stations on the East Coast and CBC of Canada. Interlochen’s classical music station IPR played her new album “Fire and Ice” during the 2008 summer festival.
Chan resides in the San Francisco Bay Area.