Dr. Henry CHOW
MA in Philosophy (CUHK)
Henry Chow received his earliest musical training at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. In his teenage years he moved to England to further his musical studies, first at Wells Cathedral School and then at the Royal College of Music where he was awarded the highest scholarship to pursue his Bachelor's degree. Thereafter he continued his Master's studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London.
Henry has performed extensively in Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, China, Japan, Germany and the United States, and was the recipient of major scholarship awards. He studied with the Russian pianist Nelly Akopian-Tamarina, one of the last students of the legendary Alexander Goldenweiser and the first student of Dmitri Bashkirov and through whom he traces his pianistic lineage back to the old Russian tradition. His other teachers include Amelia Chan, Gabriel Kwok, Daniel-Ben Pienaar, Hilary Coates, Nigel Clayton, Andrew Ball and Elisabeth and Eugene Pridonoff.
Apart from Master of Art in philosophy from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Henry also holds Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), University of Cincinnati, with cognates in harpsichord and piano pedagogy. Prior to moving back to Hong Kong, he was a graduate teaching assistant at CCM. He has since then maintained an active profile as a teacher and a performer. Apart from his appointments at the Macau Polytechnic Institute and the University of West London Hong Kong Centre, he frequently gives workshops and masterclasses at institutes such as the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, the University of Hong Kong and the City University of Hong Kong. In 2018-20 he was invited to join the faculty of the East/West International Piano Festival held in Shenzhen and Seoul. In addition to his educational commitments, he also presented programmes for RTHK Radio 4, and is a frequent jury member for piano competitions in Hong Kong and Asia.
Henry has always had a strong interest in the music of Johann Sebastian Bach and its performance practice. Apart from his work with Vivian Montgomery on the harpsichord, he has worked with many world-renowned Bach interpreters like Robert Levin, Sheng Yuan, Choong-Mo Kang, Daniel-Ben Pienaar and Emile Naoumoff. Recent highlights of his work include recitals given at the Musica del Cuore, the Xiangyuan Piano Museum in Shantou as well as Kyoto.