Ms Ruth Chan 陳秀雲女士


Date 3 May 2011 Interviewed by Chi-Ho Li 
Language English Audio Edited by Chong Goh
Venue Ming-Ai (London) Institute    

Ms Ruth Chan, British born Chinese, London based pianist and composer. She started her career as a musician, having made her first TV appearance when she was just nine years old. Ruth read music at Oxford University, where she specialised in orchestration and composition. She continued her education at the Royal College of Music, obtaining a Masters in Composition for Screen, where she studied with leading film composers. Now she is a renowned composer for film and television.

Whilst she specialises in classical, orchestral and sound manipulated music, Ruth has a great interest in contemporary ethnic fusion music. She has worked with many musicians including Indian and Japanese flautists, Chinese lutenists, percussionists, tabla players and singers (Tibetan & Persian) and has previously composed for Gamelan. She also uses electronic and sound design in some of her work as well as using effects and live sampling for some of her performances.

Ruth has been volunteering for Ming-Ai (London) Institute since 2009, to compose for its oral history project The Evolution & History of British Chinese Workforce, and the current project British Chinese Food Culture.