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Vicky Chow

Vicky Chow in Concert
with guest artists Ian Ding (drumset) and Trevor Dunn (bass)

Canadian pianist Vicky Chow has been described as “brilliant” (New York Times), and “one of the new stars of new music” (Los Angeles Times). She is the pianist for the New York based sextet Bang on a Can All-Stars and New Music Detroit and is a founding member of X88 and Grand Band. Most recently she gave the North American premiere of Steve Reich’s work ‘Piano Counterpoint’, Michael Gordon’s ‘Ode to La Bruja, Hanon, Czerny, Van Cliburn and little gold stars’ written for Grand Band, also the world premiere of a new evening length work by artist/composer Tristan Perich for solo piano and 40 channel 1-bit electronics titled ‘Surface Image‘. Her recording of Piano Counterpoint will be coming out this fall under the Nonesuch label alongside Alarm Will Sound’s ‘Radio Rewrite’ and Jonny Greenwood’s ‘Electric Counterpoint’. Perich’s “Surface Image” will be coming out under the New Amsterdam label. Her next solo commissions include American composers Chris Cerrone, Molly Joyce, and Canadian composer Adam Basanta and Jocelyn Morlock.

Her recorded work can be found on the ‘Tzadik’, ‘Cantaloupe’,’ Innova’, ‘Hinterzimmer’, and ‘AltaVoz’ labels. In addition to performing, Ms. Chow also produces and curates “Contagious Sounds”, a new music series focusing on adventurous contemporary artists and composers in New York City. She receives continuous support from the Canada Council for the Arts and has received grants from the Fromm Foundation, Vancouver Foundation, and the BC Arts Council.

Originally from Vancouver Canada, Ms. Chow studied at The Juilliard School with Yoheved Kaplinsky and Julian Martin before continuing studies at Manhattan School of Music with Christopher Oldfather. Starting the piano at age 5, she was invited to perform at the age of 9 at the International Gilmore Music Keyboard Festival. She made her orchestral debut at the age of 10 with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra made her NY orchestral debut appearance at Alice Tully Hall with the Juilliard Symphony performing Bartok’s Piano Concerto No. 1.

Program:

Christopher Cerrone – Hoyt-Schermerhorn (2010) (Boston Premiere)

Steve Reich – Piano Counterpoint (2011) (Boston Premiere)

Ronald Bruce Smith – Piano Book (2013)  (World Premiere)*

John Zorn – Trilogy (2014) for piano and improvising bass and drums with Trevor Dunn and Ian Ding (Boston Premiere)

*Commissioned with support from the Fromm Music Foundation