Chuan-An Hou started playing trumpet with his father at the age of 12 and quickly fell in love with the instrument. He completed his Bachelor of Music degree with a full scholarship at Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, where he was awarded the highest recorded score on his graduate performance. After that, he completed his Masters Degree at New England Conservatory under the tutelage of Ben Wright. Chuan-An is now on his third semester as Concertexamer candidate at Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg under Matthias Höfs.
“Chuan-An is a fantastic trumpet player with incredible strength and agility on the instrument. In performance he is fearless and exacting in his presentation.”
-Benjamin Wright, Boston Symphony Orchestra
Chuan-An Hou joined the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra in 2013 as Principal Trumpet. He has also appeared as guest artist in numerous performances and recording sessions with orchestras in Hamburg, Boston and Taiwan, as well as with Hamburg Opera, Boston Chamber Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra and the Singapore Symphony Orchestra.
“Chuan-An Hou’s trumpet solo was gorgeous in both tone and phrasing.”
In addition to orchestral and solo performances, Chuan-An has participated in many international competitions, including the XVI Tchaikovsky Competition, Jeju International Brass Competition, Ellsworth Smith International Trumpet Competition, USA National Trumpet Competition and the International Trumpet Guild Solo Competition.
After his graduation from the Conservatory, Chuan-An has been teaching as trumpet instructor in numerous music specialized schools in the central part of Taiwan and in his hometown of Tainan. He initiatiated VIP Trumpet Camp for young trumpeters which is held every summer. Chuan-An is a dedicated lifelong student of trumpet playing, which enables him to assist his students of all levels. His students have won several prizes in musical competitions throughout Taiwan including major events such as the Taiwan Music Competition and the National Student Competition of Music.
-XVI Tchaikovsky Competition, semi-finalist
-2003 USA National Trumpet Competition, 1st Place
-2013 Jeju International Brass Competition, 1st Place
-2012 Ellsworth Smith International Trumpet Competition, finalist
-2010 Conservatory Concerto Competition, 1st Prize
-2009 International Trumpet Guild Solo competition, 2nd Place
-2009 & 2013 ChiMei Arts Award
-2012 New England Conservatory Concerto Competition, 2nd Place
-2011 Yong Siew Toh Conservatory Concerto Competition, 1st Place
-Taiwan National Student Competition of Music, 1st Place
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