Power couple deliver stunner in Espana

Power couple deliver stunner in Espana


norman lebrecht

June 25, 2021

From a friend in a Spanish orchestra:

We have Elim Chan, 2014 Flick Competition winner, guesting with us now. She’s brought her fiance, the innovative Dutch percussionist Dominique Vleeshouwers as soloist on James MacMillan’s 2nd percussion concerto, performing the piece’s Spanish premiere.

They are electric together musically & the cutest couple you could imagine. They learned each other’s languages. She speaks fluent Dutch, he is vlogging about percussion in fluent Chinese. She’s brilliant & has impressed our orch & audiences completely with her magniificent Shostakovich 10 interpretation. Is this classical music’s new power couple? They’re certainly a couple to watch!


  • drummerman says:

    It warms the cockles of this old drummer’s heart.

  • RW2013 says:

    Taking Fremdschämen to a new level…

  • Anthony Sayer says:

    I’m just towelling myself off after that gush.

  • Michel Lemieux says:

    Does this Spanish orchestra have a name?

  • Melisande says:

    It is the orchestra Sinfonica de Castilla y Léon playing three concerts in Valladolid, Spain.

  • Madeleine Richardson says:

    Elim Chan conducts with the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra. She will be conducting in Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam and the Kurhaus Wiebaden in August. Later in the year she will be in Cologne.