Canadian pianist Vicky Chow has performed extensively as a classical and contemporary soloist, chamber musician, and ensemble member, and has been described as “brilliant” (New York Times), “a monster pianist” (Time Out New York) “virtuosic” (New Jersey Star Ledger), “sparkling” with a “feisty technique” (MIT Tech) and “new star of new music” (Los Angeles Times) . She is the pianist for the New York based eclectic contemporary sextet, Bang on a Can All-Stars and has performed with other groups such as Wordless Music Orchestra, Opera Cabal, Wet Ink Ensemble, ai ensemble and AXIOM. Her passion has propelled Vicky to work with an A-to-Z of leading composers and musicians such as John Adams, Louis Andriessen, Nik Bärtsch, Don Byron, Bryce Dessner (The Nationals) Michael Gordon, Glenn Kotche (Wilco), David Longstreth (Dirty Projectors), David Lang, Steve Reich, Terry Riley, Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth), Julia Wolfe, Evan Ziporyn. Ms. Chow has toured and performed internationally in countries such as Australia, Poland, Portugal, China, Russia, Scotland, Holland, Italy, France, the US and Canada. Recent collaborations include the Kronos Quartet, Detroit New Music ensemble at the Detroit Institute of Art and with Grammy award wining ensemble eighth blackbird at Carnegie Hall performing Pulitzer-Prize-winner Steve Reich’s Double Sextet and 2x5 (written for the Bang on a Can All-Stars).
Ms. Chow has performed in venues across North America, Europe and Asia such as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, The Guggenheim Museum, The Stone, le Poisson Rouge, Galapagos Art Space, Syphony Space, Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam, Tonhalle in Zurich, Oriental Arts Center in Shanghai, The Polytheater in Beijing, Chan Center for the Performing Art in Vancouver and has been a guest artist in the Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Music Festival, FAST>>FORWARD>>AUSTIN new music festival, the Carlsbad Music festival, Music on Main series and MusicFest in Vancouver, Golandsky Institute International Piano Festival, musicacoustica festival (in association with Electro-acoustic Music Association of China and China Electroacoustic Music Center) in Beijing, E-music Week in Shanghai, Big Ears festival in Knoxville, the f(x) New Music Marathon in Miami, Desert Chamber Music Society in Palm Springs, Seattle Chamber Music Society, and Las Vegas Music Festival. She has received grants and continuous support from Canada Council for the Arts, British Columbia Arts Council, Fromm Foundation, and the Vancouver Foundation.
Her first solo piano album (the music of composer Ryan Anthony Francis) was released last year on the tzadik label. Her most recent album with the Bang on a Can All-Stars was released in February this year on the Cantaloupe label. In addition to performing, Ms. Chow also produces and curates “Contagious Sounds”, a new music series focusing on adventurous contemporary artists and composers at the Gershwin Hotel in New York City.
Originally from Vancouver Canada, Ms. Chow studied at The Juilliard School with Yoheved Kaplinsky and Julian Martin(B.M, M.M. ‘Piano Performance’) before continuing studies at Manhattan School of Music (M.M., P.S. ‘Contemporary Performance’) with Christopher Oldfather. Previously, she studied at the Vancouver Academy of Music with Lorraine Ambrose. Starting the piano at age 5, she was invited to perform at the age of 9 at the International Gilmore Music Keyboard Festival where she performed a solo program of Chopin, Debussy, Bartok and Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G Major. She made her orchestral debut at the age of 10 with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra performing Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 and her last orchestral appearance was at Alice Tully Hall with the Juilliard Symphony performing Bartok’s Piano Concerto No. 1. Other orchestral engagements include the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Juilliard Symphony, The Vancouver Academy Orchestra, White Rock Festival String Orchestra and the B.C. Sinfonietta. She has performed under numerous conductors, including George Manahan, James Conlon, JoAnne Falleta, Bramwell Tovey, Victor Feldbrill, and Jeffrey Milarsky. As a chamber musician, she has collaborated with New York Philharmonic flutist Renee Siebert and Metropolitan Opera soprano Janet Hopkins at the Desert Chamber Music Society and cellist Andre Emelianoff of the Da Capo Chamber Players.
As a competitor, she placed first in the Canadian Music Competition four consecutive years. She took top prize the Toronto Symphony Piano Competition and Juilliard concerto competition, second prize in the Montreal Symphony Orchestra Piano Competition, third prize in the Pacific International Piano Competition, and a finalist and honorarium prizewinner of the San Antonio International Piano Competition.
Ms. Chow has performed in master classes with a number of distinguished pianists, including Menahem Pressler, Jerome Lowenthal, Ruth Laredo, Ursula Oppens, and Angela Cheng.
Ms. Chow resides in Brooklyn, New York.