Foto’s van Irene Zandel
Born in Hong Kong, Avan moved at the age of nine to Vancouver with his family. He studied with Kenneth Broadway and Ralph Markham in Vancouver, before moving to Berlin to study with Klaus Hellwig at the Berlin University of the Arts.
Avan won the Gold Medal at the Canadian Chopin Competition at the age of seventeen, and the Silver Medal and People’s Choice Award at the Santander International Piano Competition in 2008. His performances have been broadcast on WQXR Radio in New York, Bayerischer Rundfunk, the CBC, the Australian Broadcasting Network, China Central Television and Radio, Radiotelevisión Española, Radio Nacional de España, the NDR Kultur Hamburg and the Südwestrundfunk.
Photo’s made by Irene Zandel
There is much delightful playing here, not least a heartfelt ‘Ständchen’ and a notably jaunty ‘Abschied’, which makes one want to hear more of this promising young artist
Jeremy Nicholas, Gramophone/UK
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