Born in 1993 in Perth, Australia, Kathy Chow began piano and cello lessons at age seven and made her debut piano recital in 2007 at the Callaway Music Auditorium, raising funds for the Princess Margaret Hospital for Children Western Australia. Kathy studied with Glenn Riddle at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music where she graduated with a Bachelor of Music with first class honours. She then completed a Masters of Performance at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama with a Concert Recital Diploma, awarded for high distinction in a Final Recital. Kathy is currently an Artist Diploma candidate, under Martin Roscoe & Ronan O’Hora. She is generously supported by the Guildhall School Trust, Talent Unlimited, and the Tait Memorial Trust.
Kathy has won several awards including first prize in the 2018 Birmingham International Piano Competition and the Phillip Crawshaw Memorial Prize for an Outstanding Musician from Overseas at the 2019 Royal Overseas League Annual Music Competition. She was a semifinalist of the 2019 Jaques Samuel Intercollegiate Piano Competition, and is a recipient of the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music’s Elizabeth McComas Piano Scholarship and the University of Melbourne’s Sir Arthur Sims Travelling Scholarship. Kathy has also won prizes and been a finalist in the Glass Sellers Beethoven Prize, Melbourne Recital Centre Great Romantics Competition, Australian Youth Classical Competition, 3MBS Young Performer of the Year Award, Australian National Piano Award, ABC Young Performers Awards, and the John Allison Henderson Piano Scholarship.
As a soloist Kathy has performed in Australia, USA, China, New Zealand, Spain and the United Kingdom, and has participated in masterclasses with international artists including Peter Frankl, Bernd Geotzke, Aquiles delle Vigne, Victor Rosenbaum, Joanna MacGregor, Steven Osborne and Ralf Gothoni. She has performed Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Fremantle Symphony Orchestra and Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Zelman Memorial Symphony. Kathy has appeared as a soloist in the Melbourne Recital Centre, Iwaki Auditorium, South Melbourne Town Hall, State Library of Victoria, and the Government Ballroom House of Western Australia. Kathy recently performed a solo recital at Barbican Hall as part of the Pre-LSO 2020 series, the 2018 Ribble Valley International Piano Festival, and the Muiden Muiderslot and Alkmaar Remonstrantse Kerk at the International Holland Music Sessions. Upcoming concerts include recitals at St James Piccadilly, St Mary’s Perivale and the Town Hall, Birmingham.
As an active and passionate chamber and collaborative pianist, Kathy enjoys performing with the Armorel Piano Trio at many concert venues including St Johns Waterloo, Milton Court Concert Hall, St Mary’s Perivale, & St Barnabas Church. Kathy is also a Junior Ambassador at Music Traveler, a European startup aiming to make practice spaces accessible for all musicians wherever they travel.