Biography

Pianist Katherine Chi, firmly established as one of Canada’s fastest rising stars, has performed throughout Europe and North America to great acclaim. “Ms Chi displayed a keen musical intelligence and a powerful arsenal of technique,” notes the New York Times. Recent and upcoming performances for the 2015-16 season include appearances with the Vancouver, Edmonton, and Thunder Bay Symphonies, the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, the Missoula Symphony in Montana, and concerts at the Library of Congress and Gilmore International Keyboard Festival.

Sought after as a concerto soloist of musical and technical distinction, Ms. Chi is noted for the breadth of her repertoire. While hailed for her interpretations of Mozart, she is also acclaimed for performances of major romantic and twentieth century concertos. “… the most sensational but, better, the most unfailingly cogent and compelling Prokofiev’s Third I have heard in years” writes the Globe and Mail. And when Katherine Chi recreated Stockhausen’s landmark work, Mantra, for two pianos and electronics the Boston Globe wrote “when the superb pianists Katherine Chi and Aleksandar Madzar took on the challenge at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum on Sunday, it was a welcome opportunity: courtside seats at the creation. Chi and Madzar were ensconced among percussion, microphones, and MIDI controllers … the form unfolding like a venerable suite even as it pushes the modernist envelope.”

She has appeared with the Alabama, Calgary, Colorado, Columbus, Edmonton, Grand Rapids, Kitchener-Waterloo, Nova-Scotia, Philadelphia, Quebec, Thunder Bay, Toronto, Vancouver and Victoria Symphony Orchestras, CBC Radio Orchestra, Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra, I Musici de Montreal, Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, the Neue Philharmonie Westfalen and Toronto Sinfonia. Festival appearances including Aldeburgh, Banff, Canada’s Festival of the Sound, Launadière, Domaine Forget, Marlboro, Osnabrück Kammermusik, Germany’s Ruhr, Santander Summer Music, and Festival Vancouver.

Just a year after her debut recital at the age of nine Katherine Chi was accepted to the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music. She continued studies at the New England Conservatory in Boston, where she received her Master’s degree, Graduate, Artist Diploma and Doctorate. She later studied for two years at the International Piano Foundation in Como, Italy, and at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne. In 2000, Ms. Chi was named Prize Laureate of the Honens International Piano Competition and was the first Canadian, and the first woman, to win this award. She was also a prizewinner at the 1998 Busoni International Piano Competition. Her most recent recording, on the Honens label, features works of Beethoven and Rachmaninoff.

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