Patty Chan was born in Toronto, and is the Music Director of the Toronto Chinese Orchestra. She studied with erhu virtuoso George Gao. She has collaborated with Orpheus Choir, DuskDances, Red Snow Collective, and Tapestry Music Theatre. Patty has appeared on CBC Radio, recorded for the docudrama, “IRIS CHANG: The Rape of Nanking”, and performed in the 2012 theatre production of “Red Snow” in Toronto and Shanghai. In May 2013, Patty performed in the world premiere of “The Lesson of Da Ji”, which won the Dora Mavor Moore award for “Outstanding New Musical/Opera”.
Patty’s own composition, “Redemption: The Chan Kol Nidre” for erhu and viola da gamba was recorded and released in September 2015. This composition was selected as one of “Best of Kol Nidre” on the Jewish cultural website, JewPop, and has been added to the archives at the Beit Hatfutsot in Tel Aviv in October 2016. In November 2016, she performed in the world premiere theatre production of “Comfort”.
Patty has taught erhu and Chinese music at York University, Ryerson University, and Carleton University. In 2011, Patty published “Playing Erhu – Bridging the Gap”, the world’s first erhu instruction book in English which has been sold in over 30 countries. “Playing Erhu – Foundation Essentials 1” was published in 2017 to help develop students musicianship, with a focus on sight reading, rhythm, and technique. Sharing the beauty of music to a new generation and a new audience has always been her passion.