Vicky Chow

Canadian pianist VICKY CHOW 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 is also a founding member of DUO X88, a piano duo with the Dutch pianist Saskia Lankhoorn and GRANDBAND, a six keyboard ensemble with pianists Lisa Moore, Blair McMillen, David Friend, Isabelle O'Connell and Paul Kerekes.

photo by Kaitlin Moreno

photo by Kaitlin Moreno

Albums by Artist

Most recently she gave the North American premiere of Steve Reich's work Piano Counterpoint for piano and electronics and also a new evening length work by artist/composer Tristan Perich for solo piano and 40 channel 1-bit electronics titled 'Surface Image'. She also made her own arrangement of “The Rite Of Spring” for solo piano, which she gave multiple performances during the centennial celebration, including a live streamed performance at WNYC’s The Greene Space on May 29th, 2013, the exact day the work was premiered in Paris 100 years ago. Her next solo projects include commissions from American composers Chris Cerrone, Neil Rolnick, and Canadian composer Adam Basanta and Jocelyn Morlock, as well as solo recitals at the Detroit Institute of Art, EMPAC, The Arts Club of Chicago, and the Evolution Contemporary Series. Her recorded work can be found on the tzadik, Cantaloupe, innova, hinterzimmer and altavoz labels. Her next recording projects will be released 2014/15 under the New Amsterdam and nonesuch labels. In addition to performing, Ms. Chow also produces and curates "Contagious Sounds", a new music series focusing on adventurous contemporary performers and composers in New York City.

Her passion for new music 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, and Evan Ziporyn. Past few seasons include performance tours in Russia, Australia, Europe, and Asia with the Bang on a Can All-Stars, a recital tour across Canada of a newly commissioned work of Montreal based composer Eliot Britton, Evan Ziporyn’s opera A House in Bali at BAM, world premiering Louis Andriessen’s work with video titled Life written for the Bang on a Can All-Stars, collaborations with Kronos Quartet and with eighth blackbird at Carnegie Hall performing Pulitzer-Prize-winner Steve Reich’s Double Sextet and 2x5.

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. 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. She has received generous support from Canada Council for the Arts, British Columbia Arts Council, Fromm Foundation, and the Vancouver Foundation.

Ms. Chow is based in Brooklyn.