PHILIP CHIU

PIANO

 

 

“Pianist Philip Chiu played with striking precision and subtle poetry.”

- THE GAZETTE (MONTRÉAL)

BIOGRAPHY

Noted by La Presse as “...a pianist-painter who turns every musical idea into a beautiful array of colors”, Philip Chiu is lauded for the brilliance, colour and sensitivity of his playing, and is particularly noted for his ability to connect with audiences on and off stage. Inaugural winner of the 2015 Prix Goyer, Philip is more than a summation of technical and musical abilities, he has become one of Canada’s leading musicians through his infectious love of music and his passion for communication and collaboration.

 

Mr. Chiu has developed a new program for solo piano and multimedia called Of Church & State which premieres this season. Working closely with the Noncerto group in Montreal, his program pairs solo piano performance with stunning videos of Quebec's beautiful churches and delivers a poignant musical commentary on how nationalism and religion have influenced composers, musicians, and ultimately ourselves. This season will also see his solo Toronto debut in November 2017 for Music Toronto.

 

He continues to concertize extensively as a chamber musician. He has appeared in recitals with leading musicians of the world stage, including James Ehnes, Raphael Wallfisch, Patrice Fontanarosa, Regis Pasquier and Stefan Dohr. He performs regularly with Jonathan Crow, concertmaster of the Toronto Symphony as well as Andrew Wan, co-concertmaster of l’Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal. He tours regularly with premier touring organizations, Jeunesses Musicales Canada, Debut Atlantic, and Prairie Debut.

 

Dedicated to elevating the standard and art of collaborative piano, Mr. Chiu is the creator and director of the new Collaborative Piano Program at the Domaine Forget International Festival and Academy. He is an acclaimed accompanist and piano coach based at McGill University, has been an invited professor and collaborator for the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal and l’Universite de Montréal.

 

Philip is extremely grateful for the support of the Sylva Gelber Music Foundation, Canada Council for the Arts and Jeunesses Musicales in his various pursuits. He can be heard/seen on Classical 96.3 FM, Australia’s ABC Radio, CBC Radio, and Radio-Canada.

 

November 2017

REVIEWS

“Pianist Philip Chiu was elegance personified at the keyboard”

- MUSICAL TORONTO

 

“Pianist Philip Chiu played with striking precision and subtle poetry.”

- THE GAZETTE, Montreal

 

“... a pianist-painter who turns every musical idea into a beautiful array of colors.”

- LA PRESSE

 

" played with such clarity, delicacy and youthful energy that the week’s crises melted into memory and we were captivated... the engaging wit of Chiu and his refreshingly restrained performance –– except for some busy footwork –– of four Rachmaninoff preludes."

- THE VERNON MORNING STAR

PREFERRED CONCERTO LIST
2017-20

Beethoven

Piano Concerto in G Major

 

Gershwin

Rhapsody in Blue

 

Mendelssohn

Piano Concerto in G minor

 

Prokofiev

Piano Concerto No. 3

 

Ravel

Piano Concerto in G Major

 

Shostakovich

Piano Concerto in F major

 

Recital repertoire available upon request

Master classes and workshops available

Other concerti available upon request

DISCOGRAPHY

Bis

(with Kerson Leong)

Analekta

 

A Tribute to Fritz Kreisler

(with Ewald Cheung)

 

Schubert: Works for Violin and Piano

(with Jonathan Crow)

Espace XXI

 

Brahms: Complete Works for Violin and Piano

(with Ewald Cheung)

Espace XXI

 

PHOTOS

Photography

Bo Huang & Matthew Perrin

 

Click each image to download a hi-res version

Andrew Kwan Artists Management

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