Hou Chuan-An

Hou Chuan-An

Principal Trumpet
National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra

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“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.”

-by Benjamin Wright, Boston Symphony Orchestra

Chuan-An Hou started playing trumpet with his father at the age of 12, he said that because it looks cool playing the instrument. He then completed his bachelor in music with a full scholarship at Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, where he awarded the highest recorded score on his graduate performance. After that, he completed his master’s 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 Hou joined National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra at 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.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, Trumpet Guild Solo Competition.

After his graduation from Conservatory, Chuan-An has been teaching as trumpet instructor in numerous music specialized schools in central part of Taiwan and in his homecity Tainan. He initiates VIP Trumpet Camp for young trumpeters which held every summer. Chuan-An has dedicated in the ways of trumpet playing, which enables him to read and solve the difficulties from his students. His students have won several prizes in musical competitions throughout Taiwan which including major events like Taiwan Music Competition, and National Student Competition of Music.