Chan Cheong Jan

(b. 28 December 1969, Seremban).

Malaysian composer of mostly orchestral and chamber works that have been performed in Asia; he is also active as a pianist.

Mr. Chan studied at the Kyōto University of Education, where he received his BEd in 1994 and MEd in 1996, both in composition and music education. He later earned his DLit in ethnomusicology and music education at Ōsaka University in 2002.

Among his honours is the Award of the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (for his research into the Malaysian folksongs of Ulu Tembeling).

As a pianist, he often plays in the jazz trio Jazz It in Kuala Lumpur.

Mr. Chan is also active in other positions. As a music researcher, he has studied the Malaysian folksongs of Ulu Tembeling, on grants from the government of Malaysia. As a committee member of the Malaysian Association of Music Education, he helped to organise the First National Music Education Conference in Kuala Lumpur in 2002. In addition, he trains the chorus of the Universiti Putra Malaysia in Seri Kembangan.

He has lectured on composition and music education at the Universiti Putra Malaysia since 1996, where he also supervises research projects.


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Rentak Ria, 1996

Drum King, 2 drum kits, big band, 1997

Final Countdown, 1999


Joget Sonata, violin, marimba, 1996

Muda, violin, piano, marimba, 1996

A Short Story, violin, marimba, 1996

Suite Melayu, clarinet, piano, 1996

Anak ayam, flute, bassoon, trumpet, cello, timpani, percussion, 1997

Electric Company, synthesizers (1 player), computer, 1998

Lima, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, violin, cello, 1998


Six Fugues, mixed chorus, 1994


Mubarak, 1995


Medley of Japanese Folksongs, orchestra, 1994

Comédien (song from France), mixed chorus, 1995

Paris (song from France), mixed chorus, 1995

Anak Ikan (folksong from Malaysia), clarinet, piano, 1996

Mayonaka no Izagaya (song from Japan), mixed chorus, 1996

Rasa Sayang (folksong from Malaysia), mixed chorus, 1997 (also version for clarinet, violin, piano, 1997)

Symphonie Nr. 40 in G-moll, K 550 (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart), orchestra, 1997

Allemande (George Frideric Handel), soprano recorder, synthesizers (1 player), computer, 1998

Csárdás, electric violin, synthesizers (1 player), computer, 1998

Intrada (Georg Muffat), violin, synthesizers (1 player), computer, 1998

Mandarin Medley 1, brass band, 1999

Bujang Lapok (P. Ramlee), mixed chorus, 2000

Joget Pahang (P. Ramlee), mixed chorus, 2000

Nona, Nona (folksong from Malaysia), mixed chorus, 2000

The Dance of the Golden Snake (melody from China), brass band, 2001

Dimanakan Ku Cari Ganti (P. Ramlee), brass band, 2001

Getaran Jiwa (P. Ramlee), brass band, 2001 (also version for mixed chorus, 2001)

Impian TerlaksanaLagu patriotik (patriotic music from Malaysia), mixed chorus, 2001

Mandarin Medley 2, brass band, 2001