From 1984 to 1998, Chan Ming Chi studied musical composition at the Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts, Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, Elizabeth Music University respectively. And he studied the Orchestration Technique at the post-doctorate programme of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music from 2004 to 2007.
As a composer, conductor and concert organizer, Chan is very active in the serious music scene. His compositions are mainly on orchestral music, multi-media music theatre and Asian ethic music. His musical language covers a characteristic perception of sounds and their attribute, reflecting the consideration and integration of various factors such as the nature of sound itself, space-time effects, dramatic thinkings and philosophy of oriental culture. Currently, he is the Creative Director of the Ensemble Contemporary Players and the professor of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music where teaching composition, Digital Music and Media Design.