Biography

Kathy Chow is an Australian pianist currently based in Melbourne. She 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. 

As a soloist Kathy has performed in Australia, USA, China, New Zealand, Spain and the United Kingdom, and has taken masterclasses with  international artists including Peter Frankl, Bernd Geotzke, Aquiles delle Vigne, Victor Rosenbaum, Joanna MacGregor, Steven Osborne and Ralf Gothoni. Kathy has appeared as a soloist at Barbican Hall, London, St James Piccadilly, St Mary’s Perivale and Town Hall of Birmingham, Melbourne Recital Centre, ABC Iwaki Auditorium, South Melbourne Town Hall, State Library of Victoria, Government Ballroom House of Western Australia, and collaborated with organisations such as Sofar Sounds, Mousikos, the Ribble Valley International Piano Festival, the International Holland Music Sessions.

Kathy has 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, and the John Allison Henderson Piano Scholarship.

Kathy is the first prize winner of 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 in London. She was a semifinalist in the 2019 Jaques Samuel Intercollegiate Piano Competition, and has been a recipient of the 2019 Tait Trust Awards, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music’s Elizabeth McComas Piano Scholarship and the University of Melbourne’s Sir Arthur Sims Travelling Scholarship.

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 team member at Music Traveler, a European tech startup whose primary focus is making practice spaces accessible for all musicians wherever they travel. 

When she’s not practising the keys, Kathy enjoys practising other things instead: yoga, making bread (thanks lockdown), and has even started running.

Education 

2011 - 2015

2016 - 2020

University of Melbourne, Bachelor of Music

Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Master of Music Performance & Artist Diploma