Chow Duo

April 30 | 7.30pm

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Scaramouche Darius Milhaud
Gazebo Dances (1972) John Corigliano
El Salon México Aaron Copland// Leonard Bernstein
Three Songs Sergei Rachmaninoff// Victor Babin
It’s Lovely Here
Floods of Spring
Porgy and Bess Fantasy George Gershwin// Percy Grainger
resize_imageAlvin Chow has appeared throughout North America and in Asia as an orchestral soloist and recitalist. In addition, he has performed extensively in duo-piano recitals with his wife, Angela Cheng, and his twin brother, Alan.

A native of Miami, Florida, he graduated summa cum laude and co-valedictorian at the University of Maryland, where he was a student of Nelita True. Chow received the Victor Herbert Prize in Piano upon graduation from the Juilliard School, where he studied with Sascha Gorodnitzki, and held the Joseph Battista Memorial Scholarship at Indiana University as a student of Menahem Pressler. Chow has won first prize in competitions such as the Civic Orchestra of Chicago Young Soloists Competition, the National Symphony Young Soloists Competition, and the Indiana University Concerto Competition, as well as prizes in the University of Maryland International Piano Competition, the New York Piano Teachers Congress International Piano Competition, and the MTNA Collegiate Artists Competition.

Chow has performed in major concert halls including the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.; Orchestra Hall in Chicago; Weill and Steinway Halls in New York City; and the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. He has presented as recitalist in Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Seattle, Denver, Detroit, and Miami, and has appeared as soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Pan-Asia Symphony in Hong Kong, and the Mozarteum Orchestra in Salzburg, among others. He has been heard on National Public Radio’s Performance Today and on CBC Radio in Canada. He has also been invited to be the convention artist for the state MTNA conferences in Colorado, Florida, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, and Ohio. In 2011, a CD of music for four and six hands, recorded with Angela Cheng and Alan Chow, was released by Arioso Classics. It features music by Brahms, Dvorák, Ravel, Milhaud, Corigliano, and Copland. Chow has presented numerous master classes and lectures throughout the United States and abroad, including the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Taichung University in Taiwan, Colburn School in Los Angeles, Indiana University, University of Michigan, University of Texas, and Northwestern University, among many others. He has been a member of numerous competition juries, including the New Orleans International Piano Competition, the Iowa International Piano Competition, the Jacksonville International Piano Competition, MTNA Student Competitions (national finals), the Sorantin Young Artist Competition, the International Piano e-Competition (screening), the Hilton Head International Piano Competition (screening), and the Cooper International Piano Competition at Oberlin.

Chow was the first Fulbright College Visiting Artist in Piano at the University of Arkansas during 1987-88, and he later taught at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Since 1999, he has been a member of the artist faculty at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where he is currently Chair of the Piano Department and the Ruth Strickland Gardner Professor of Music. alan-chow

Acclaimed for his “elegant poetry and virtuosic fire”, Alan Chow has won First Prize in the Concert Artists Guild International Competition, the UCLA International Piano Competition and the Palm Beach Invitational International Piano Competition. Winner of the Silver Medal and Audience Favorite Prize at the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, he was also a prizewinner in the William Kapell International Piano

A Steinway artist, Mr. Chow has performed in recital and in concert with orchestra from coast to coast in 45 states. His recitals have brought him to the major music centers including New York (Lincoln Center, Merkin Hall, Steinway Hall), Boston, Los Angeles, Chicago (Symphony Center and Ravinia), Washington, D. C., Cleveland, Seattle, Atlanta, New Orleans and Miami. Concerto performances include appearances with the National Symphony, Utah Symphony, Oakland Symphony, Tulsa Philharmonic, Kansas City Symphony and Omaha Symphony. Most recently he performed with the European Union Orchestra, with Vladimir Ashkenazy conducting. Mr. Chow also regularly tours Asia with performances in China, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Singapore including performances with the Hong Kong Philharmonic and the Pan-Asia Symphony. An avid chamber musician, he has collaborated with the American, Pacifica and Miami String Quartets and has been guest artist at the Grand Canyon Chamber Music Festival, Juneau Jazz and Classics, San Juan Islands Chamber Music Festival, Kent Blossom Music Festival, Texas Music Festival, Music Festival of Arkansas and Music Mountain. In addition, he appears in joint recital engagements in the Cheng-Chow Trio with pianists Angela Cheng and Alvin Chow.

Also in demand for his teaching, Mr. Chow has given master classes throughout North America, Europe and Asia at conservatories, universities and summer festivals including the Eastman School of Music, Indiana University, New Orleans International Piano Festival, Gina Bachauer International Piano Festival, Las Vegas Piano Festival, Classical Music Festival (Austria), Shanghai International Piano Festival and Institute (China), Tunghai International Piano Festival (Taiwan) and in Singapore. Appointed Guest Professor at the Central Conservatory in Beijing and Honored Visiting Professor at the Shenyang Conservatory, he has also presented recitals, master classes, and lectures in China at conservatories and festivals in Shanghai, Chengdu, Wuhan, Xiamen and Hong Kong. His former and current students have been prizewinners in many national and international piano competitions, and as a result he has been invited to be MTNA convention artist for many state conferences including Washington, Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Arkansas, Minnesota, and Oklahoma. Additionally, Mr. Chow is also active as a juror for many piano competitions including the New Orleans International Piano Competition, the Gina Bachauer International Junior and Young Artist Competitions, the Eastman International Young Artist Competition, the Cooper International Competition at Oberlin, and most recently as head of the jury at the Hilton Head International Young Artist Competition.

Mr. Chow studied with Nelita True at the University of Maryland where he graduated Co-Valedictorian with his twin brother Alvin, and received the Charles Manning Prize in the Creative and Performing Arts given to the outstanding graduate; with Sascha Gorodnitzki at The Juilliard School where he was awarded the Victor Herbert Prize in Piano; and with Menahem Pressler at Indiana University where he was the recipient of the Joseph Battista Memorial Scholarship. He also studied at the Mozarteum Sommerakademie with Carlo Zecchi.

Formerly Artist-in-Residence at the University of Arkansas, Mr. Chow currently serves as a member of the artist faculty at Northwestern University Bienen School of Music. In the fall of 2013, he also held the position of Visiting Associate Professor of Piano at Oberlin Conservatory.

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General $20 | Senior $15 | Student $8
For senior and student tickets, call 801.355.ARTS

138 West 300 South | Salt Lake City

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