Chan was the first Resident Composer of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. His orchestral works including 8 Symphonies were published by Hugo Productions recorded by the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra and Voronezh State Symphony Orchestra of Russia, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Hong Kong Sinfonietta and the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra.
Internationally he has received First Prize in the International Double Reed Society Composition Contest, USA; the Yoshiro Irino Memorial Award from the Asian Composers League and the 20th Century Masterpiece Award by the China Culture Promotion Society, Beijing. Locally he received the Composer of the Year Award from the Hong Kong Artists' Guild (1991), the Ten Outstanding Young Persons Award (1992), TVB Children Song Gold Award, CASH Golden Sail Music Awards 2004 and 2007.
His works had been performed in the International Society for Contemporary Music-World Music Days Festival in Stuttgart, Germany; Summer Music Festival in Ljubljana, Slovenia; Trieste Prima Festival in Trieste, Italy; Alesander Tansman Music Festival in Lodz, Poland; Festival LIM 2Mil in Madrid and the Festival BBK in the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain; Klang-Klee Festival to commemorate Paul Klee in Winterthur and Bern, Switzerland; and music festivals in Mainland China, Taiwan, USA, Canada, Australia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Argentina, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Korea and Japan. Performers of his music had also included St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra(Yuri Termikanov), Kronos Quartet, Fires of London, Kroumata Ensemble etc. His biography is included in the New Grove Dictionary of Music & Musicians Online. The Hong Kong Government appointed him Justice of the Peace in 2000.
Chan received BA in music from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Master and Doctor of Music degrees from the University of Toronto on a Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship. He had also attended the Darmstadt Summer Course for New Music with a stipend from the German Academic Exchange Service.
Chan had been Professor of Music and Chairman of the Music Department, the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Deputy Director at HKU SPACE. He is now Vice-President of the Centennial College (a private college established by HKU), Council member of China Musicians Association, Chairman of the Composers and Authors Society of Hong Kong, Adjunct Professor at CUHK, Senior Advisor at HKU SPACE, Music Director of the Hong Kong Oratorio Society, Council member of the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra and advisor to numerous groups including the Hong Kong Dance Company and Hong Kong Children’s Choir.