Wan Pin Chu was awarded the BAFTA Yip Foundation Scholarship towards the MComp in Composition for Screen at the Royal College of Music (RCM) in London. Wan, who was raised in Hong Kong, has won multiple national and international competitions playing the traditional Chinese instrument the Erhu; whilst in the UK he has composed music for documentaries, animations and student films.
BAFTA introduced Wan to music supervisor Maggie Rodford (The Lion King, Gladiator, The King’s Speech) who he met regularly for advice on his work. She connected Wan with composers Patrick Doyle and Dario Marianelli and Christian Henson.
Since becoming a BAFTA Scholar Wan has co-scored a BBC documentary and has worked on music for commercials to air in Hong Kong and mainland China.
I feel honoured and grateful that BAFTA granted me this scholarship. Not only does it mean that I can continue my studies without much financial burden, it gives me opportunity to work with and learn from the best composers and film directors in the industry. This opportunity is priceless.