Cary Chow captivates and electrifies audiences wherever he performs. Whether he is in Montreal or New York or Beijing, he receives both critical and popular acclaim. His intense yet engaging stage presence once earned him the moniker "a composite of Vladimir Horowitz and Ozzy Osbourne". The breadth of his repertoire extends from J.S. Bach to Franz Liszt to George Crumb and beyond, and he seamlessly traverses these epochs and genres.
Cary Chow has performed with conductors as diverse as Mario Bernardi and Gerard Schwarz in concerti from Mozart through Rachmaninoff; collaborated in recital with cellist Shauna Rolston, violinist Moshe Hammer and clarinetist Jonathan Cohler; and performed many recent works by pre-eminent composers such as Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Gilles Tremblay and Derek Bermel. At sixteen years of age, he performed his New York debut recital at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Cary Chow's first solo CD recording was released in 1999 on the Tintagel label, and featured Rachmaninoff's First Piano Sonata and the Variations on a Theme of Corelli. His second solo CD, an independent release entitled Zirkus (Step Inside), featuring Carnaval and Kreisleriana by Robert Schumann (with its distinctive artwork and accompanying publicity photos) was released in 2007, and continues to generate enthusiastic reviews. Future solo recording projects in the CD/SACD/DVD-A formats include Liszt B Minor Sonata and Apres une lecture du Dante, the late Prokofieff Sonatas, Beethoven "Hammerklavier" Sonata and Samuel Barber's Piano Sonata.
Until 2006, Cary Chow taught at the University of Victoria and the Victoria Conservatory of Music; he now coaches the Young Artist Experience at the University of British Columbia. From 2004 - 06, he was Collaborative Artist in Residence at The Morningside Music Bridge program in Calgary, Canada. Since 2005, he appears as Guest Professor at the Central Conservatory of Music Attached Middle School in Beijing, China; in 2006, he made his first appearance at Xing Hai Conservatory in Guangzhou, China. He also teaches in his private studio in Vancouver, BC. Cary Chow studied with Winifred Scott Wood, Rena Sharon and Robin Wood at the Victoria Conservatory of Music, and with renowned pedagogue Christopher Elton at the Royal Academy of Music in London, England.
"Effortless virtuosity…imbued with classical elegance, as well as tremendous power." -Deryk Barker, Music in Victoria
"Those wise enough to slip this CD into their collection will be rewarded with a truly magnificent rendition of Kreisleriana." -James Wegg Reviews
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