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) and “sparkling” with a “feisty technique” (MIT Tech). 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. In 2010, Ms. Chow did a performance tour in China, Italy, Germany, and Holland with the Bang on a Can All-Stars, a performance tour in Malaysia with the Perak Performing Arts Society, and performances in Chicago with Opera Cabal. Recent performances include a recital tour across Canada of a newly commissioned work of Montreal based composer Eliot Britton alongside other new piano works with the support of a touring and commissioning grant from Canada Council for the Arts, Evan Ziporyn’s opera ‘A House in Bali‘ at BAM, solo appearances at Carnegie Hall, The Stone, and Merkin Hall, world premiering Louis Andriessen’s work with video titled “Life” written for the Bang on a Can All-Stars, performance tour to Australia, Portugal, Hong Kong, London and Portugal, collaborations with Kronos Quartet, performances with Detroit New Music ensemble at the Detroit Institute of Art, performance at the American Composer’s Alliance Festival at Symphony Space, and with 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). Upcoming concert appearances include tours to Poland, Germany, France and Scotland.
Ms. Chow has performed across North America, Europe and Asia in venues 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, 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, Music on Main series in Vancouver, and Las Vegas Music Festival. She has received grants and support from Canada Council for the Arts, British Columbia Arts Council, Fromm Foundation, and the Vancouver Foundation.
She has recorded for the tzadik, Cantaloupe, 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 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.
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 New York City.