Lost in Translation is an original work by violinist and composer Laure Chan. Written by the violinist for four violin parts and recorded at Abbey Road Studios, the piece depicts her personal experiences of love and loss.

’The piece started off as an expression of conflict without resolution, inner turmoil and a feeling of not being heard or understood,’ says Chan. ’It was completed months later when processing intense feelings of heartbreak and isolation.’

The work is the first single to be released from Chan’s upcoming album, expected in March 2024. It will feature alongside Robert Schumann’s rarely performed Violin Concerto in D minor WoO 23, recorded with conductor Daniel Hogan and Sinfonia Perdita.

Born in London, British-French-Chinese violinist Chan began the violin at the age of five at the Royal Academy of Music with Ellie and Laura Stanford, continuing at the Junior Department with Yumi Sasaki. She joined the Royal College of Music as a Scholar in 2012 studying with Itzhak Rashkovsky, Radu Blidar and Gabrielle Lester. In 2021, she released her first album Tribute to Bach which featured several of her own compositions. She will make her Carnegie Hall debut in December 2023, having performed previously at Royal Albert Hall, Philharmonie de Paris, Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Concertgebouw, Elbphilharmonie, Herodes Atticus, Shanghai Oriental Arts Centre and the Lincoln Center.

Photo credit: John Davis

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