Jan Bislin and Jonathan Chan, violin duo – Thurs, Jan. 9, 2014

We are thrilled to present two very talented violinists from the Lower Mainland of BC, Jan Bislin and Jonathan Chan.  They will be performing a concert on Thursday, January 92014 at 7:30 P.M.   The venue is West Point Grey United Church (4595 8 Ave W, Vancouver, BC V6R 2A4.)

Tickets are available here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/525994

This promises to be a fabulous evening of wonderful music.

Momento Duo


Canadian born artist, Jonathan Chan began playing violin and piano at the age of 4.  It did not take long for him to begin performing and by the age of 8, he had made his first solo appearance with an orchestra.  Since then, Jonathan has given concerts in Europe, China, South Africa, and across North America.

Jonathan began his violin studies with Lawrie Hill before moving on to Professor Taras Gabora at the Vancouver Academy of Music.  He also studied piano with Lorraine Ambrose.  Upon graduating secondary school, he was awarded the Arts Bowl in recognition of his outstanding contribution to visual and performing arts.  Furthermore, Jonathan Chan is a three-time National Grand Prize winner of the Canadian Music Competition.  In addition to other national recognitions, Jonathan was privileged and fortunate to be invited to perform for Prime Minister Jean Chretien’s Retirement Concert, where he shared the stage at the Air Canada Center with other renowned artists like Oliver Jones, Paul Anka, and the late legendary pianist, Oscar Peterson.  He has also collaborated and performed with many distinguished musicians including Bramwell Tovey, Edward Gardner, Andor Toth, Scott St. John, Alisa Weilerstein, the Borealis String Quartet, and members of the Borromeo String Quartet, Nicholas Kitchen and Yeesun Kim.

Since 2008, Jonathan has been studying in London, England at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama under the tutelage of Caroline Palmer, on the piano, and David Takeno, on the violin. He has since performed in the Barbican Hall, Wigmore Hall, City of London Festival, and Richmond Concert Society and was invited by the Lord Mayor of London to perform at Trafalgar Square in celebration of St George’s Day.

The spring of 2011 marked Jonathan’s first concert tour in South Africa where he played 7 concerts in 12 nights in 5 different cities.  Amongst these concerts was the popular event, “The Last Night of the Proms” in Cape Town, where he performed Waxman’s Carmen Fantasy with Richard Cock and members of the Cape Town Philharmonic.  After a few solo recitals, the tour was capped off with a concert with Juan Munoz and the Eastern Cape Philharmonic where Jonathan performed Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in the first half, and Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in the second half.

In the year 2012, Jonathan made his first national radio broadcast with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation for their Next series.  He was also chosen as one of three finalists to perform in the Barbican Hall for the Guildhall School’s prestigious Gold Medal Competition, performing the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with James Judd and the Guildhall Symphony Orchestra.

Jonathan received his Bachelor of Music Honours degree and graduated with Distinction from the Guildhall in 2012.  He was awarded the Donald Weekes Memorial Prize for achieving the highest mark in the Final Year Violin Recitals and was also a recipient of the Worshipful Company of Musicians’ Silver Medal.  The Max Jaffa Violin Fund generously supported his undergraduate studies and he is pursuing a Masters in Performance and anticipates finishing in 2014.  In addition to this, Jonathan was the 2010 and 2012 recipient of the Sylva Gelber Music Foundation Award; an award given to the most gifted musicians below the age of 30 in Canada.

Jonathan performs on the 1715 Dominicus Montagnana violin, on loan by the Canada Council for the Arts Musical Instrument Bank.

Jan Bislin was four years old when he first saw a violin hanging in a music store and he broke down in tears, begging his mother for permission to play it. As his mother tried to browse through the piano sheet music, she kindly told her insistent son: “You are too young, Jan.” David Voth, a violin teacher, happened to be in the store and overheard the conversation. After playing London Bridge is Falling Down for the youngster, Voth placed the violin in the boy’s hands. He quietly cradled the violin under his chin and started playing the instrument as naturally as if he’d been born with it in his hands. A musical prodigy was discovered. This event was the first of a series of miracles in his life as Voth took the child under his wings to start teaching him violin.

Jan, now 23, is recognized as a rare virtuoso on the violin and piano.

The B.C. native captivates and awes audiences as he gently, yet powerfully, creates a living, dynamic symphony of sound. Bislin has since become a well-known classical jazz player and composer throughout the Lower Mainland and Vancouver. He has won several provincial music festivals, is a double silver medalist from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, and performed numerous concerts in the U.S., Germany, Switzerland, Czech Republic, England and Italy. Bislin has also released two albums, the latest titled Strings on Fire. He is currently studying with world-renowned violinist Boris Brovtsyn at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and performs on a Jean – Baptiste Vuillaume violin.

“He has a passion for music, especially the Romantic and 20th Century era, and his technical playing abilities are exceptional. It’s so refreshing to see someone who is so wonderfully positive. He’s young, he’s talented, he works hard and he has all the promise in the world.” – Betty Suderman

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