Dr Rebecca Chan (’96) was Dux of St Catherine’s School in 1996. At just 15 years of age, she started a joint degree in Medicine and Arts at the University of Melbourne while also studying violin at the Conservatorium, graduating in 2003.
Rebecca completed her medical internship at the Austin Hospital and continues to work occasionally as a locum medical officer whilst pursuing her musical career.
Rebecca accepted scholarships at the Australian National Academy of Music and at Sydney Conservatorium, where she received top performance marks in a Master’s degree. She was successful in a number of competitions, including the ABC Young Performers Awards, Asia Pacific Chamber Music Competition and Città di Brescia International Competition, and was subsequently invited to perform as soloist with many major orchestras.
Rebecca has performed in major concert halls around Europe, America, Asia and Australasia. She was a core member of the Australian Chamber Orchestra (2010–2015) and has worked as guest leader of a number of orchestras, including the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia and Western Australian Symphony Orchestra. Rebecca has been guest principal violinist with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Scottish Chamber Orchestra. She plays with the Australian World Orchestra and is a member and guest director of the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra.
Rebecca is a member of the Hamer Quartet and also of the Australia Piano Quartet (APQ), ensemble in residence at the University of Technology Sydney. In addition to concerts and tours, APQ is active in commissioning and composing new music, collaborating with different disciplines, and in education/outreach, including ongoing projects with school children from disadvantaged backgrounds and people with disabilities.
Updated January 2016