Biography

MIKE FAN is an award-winning Chinese-Canadian operatic baritone, actor, pianist, and educator. Mike is in demand as an exciting and versatile performer and teacher of music, science, math, and languages across Canada and Australia. Mike’s recent 2018-2019 performances include Top in Copland’s The Tender Land, accompanying at the Kiwanis Music of Guelph, and the robot Sulla in a short film adaptation of Čapek’s R.U.R.

Mike’s performances span opera, oratorio, choral music, song, and jazz; concerti, solo, and chamber piano music; and short film and theatre. Mike’s wide and diverse repertoire spans eight languages covering five centuries, including frequent world premieres. Mike has been engaged by the Guelph Symphony Orchestra, Opera NUOVA, and the Canadian Ambassador Choir. Mike speaks fluent English, Mandarin Chinese, French, and growing proficiency in Italian, German, and Spanish. Mike is based in Waterloo and maintains a busy studio of students in KW and Guelph. Mike holds degrees in Voice and Piano Performance as well as Biomedical Science.

Photo: Danillo Laprovidence


Education:

  • ARCT, Speech Arts Performance (Royal Conservatory of Music, 2020)
  • HBMus, Honours Music: Voice Performance, Italian & German double minor (Sir Wilfrid Laurier University, 2019)
  • ARCT, Voice Performance (Royal Conservatory of Music, 2015)
  • BScH, Honours Biomedical Science (University of Guelph, 2014)
  • OSSD, Ontario Scholar (Centennial Collegiate and Vocational Institute, 2010)
  • ARCT, Piano Performance (Royal Conservatory of Music, 2009)

Engaged By:

  • Toronto Vocal Studio
  • Merridian Films
  • SteamWorld Entertainment
  • Opera Laurier
  • Halifax Summer Opera
  • Opera NUOVA
  • Canadian Ambassador Choir
  • Guelph Chinese Canadian Culture Association
  • Eden Mills Arts Festival
  • Society for the Archaeology of Ancient Music
  • Vera Causa Opera
  • Student Budget Productions
  • Guelph Symphony Orchestra
  • Kincardine Summer Music Festival
  • Ontario Federation of Music Festivals
  • Kiwanis Music Festivals of Guelph & KW

Awards:

  • Ontario Federation of Music Festivals: Provincial Finalist - National Qualifying Voice Class (2018)
  • William Thomson Scholarship (2018)
  • Ontario Federation of Music Festivals: 1st Place, Provincial Finalist - Advanced Speech Arts (2018)
  • RCM Gold Medal, Grade 10 Voice (2014)
  • NATS Competition, 1st place - Mature Beginner (2014)
  • College of Biological Science, Roll of Distinction (2013, 2014)
  • University of Guelph Dean’s Honours List (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)
  • University of Guelph Entrance Scholarship (2010)
  • Ontario Scholar (2010)
  • College Avenue Public School Scholarship (2010)
  • Kincardine Summer Music Festival, Chamber Music Scholarship (2008)
  • College Avenue School Letter (2007)
  • College Avenue Public School Music Award (2005)
  • Kiwanis Music Festival of Guelph Scholarships: Senior Voice , Senior Piano, Speech Arts (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2014, 2017)