began cello lessons at age seven and soon received top prizes at the Hong Kong
Schools Music Festival, including first prize at the Commercial Radio Prize
Competition at age twelve – the youngest musician ever to receive this
prize. At fourteen, he was invited
to perform as soloist, playing Tchaikovsky’s
Rococo Variations, with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. The Sing
Tao Daily described him as “a rare gem in the musical field”. Mr.
Chau was a full scholarship recipient from the R. D. Colburn School of
Performing Arts in Los Angeles, the Harid Conservatory and the Yale School of
Music. He won the first prize in
the "Artist of Tomorrow" competition in Los Angeles, among others.
He holds the first double doctorate awarded from the New England
Conservatory in Boston in wind ensemble conducting and cello performance.
His cello teachers include Colin Carr, Eleonore Schoenfeld, Aldo Parisot
and Johanne Perrron. He also played
in master classes for Yo-Yo Ma, Ralph Kirshbaum and Lawrence Lesser.
Mr. Chau performs as a soloist and
chamber musician in USA, Hong Kong, Macao, China, Germany, Poland, Italy, Lithuania, Sweden
and Finland. He performed as a
soloist with Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Macao Chamber Orchestra, Hemet
Symphony Orchestra, Brentwood-Westwood Symphony Orchestra and recorded for Hong Kong Radio and Television Corporation, China Central
Rundfunk, Acte Préalable, Irish Radio and was heard on Polish
Radio Merkury and TVP Poznan. He performed in Merkin Hall and Yale Club in New
York, Jordan Hall in Boston, Fine Arts
Recital Hall in Ambassador College and in Miami, Providence, Salt Lake City,
Stockholm, Warsaw, Beijing and and at Sardinia.
He is a
member of Atma Piano Trio, with pianist Slawomir Dobrzanski
and violinist Blanka Bednarz. The
ensemble performed in Germany, Sweden, Italy, Lithuania, China, many times in the US, and toured
extensively in Poland. Their
concerts merited high critical acclaim and broke several audience attendance
can be heard both as cellist and conductor on a CD released by Polish label Acte
Préalable (AP0181) in works by Roman Palester and Paul
Kletzki, as well as on CD with Atma Trio, AP0172, Acte Préalable. He
participated also at recording of "Maria
Szymanowska Complete Piano Works" released in2013 (AP0281-83, Acte
Préalable). Chau has premiered numerous new works as cellist and conductor.
Dr. Chau devotes most of his time to conducting, as director of a
symphony and chamber orchestra of the Utah Valley University, quest
conductor of Utah Valley Youth Symphony and director of Sinfonietta
Polonia in Poland. Conducts her concert in Poland, but also toured twice China,
performed a few times in Germany and in France. He teaches also cello as an
Assistant Professor of UVU. The Polish Gazeta
Wyborcza praised Chau for his “air of freshness and uniqueness”
and for “his ability to create pastel landscapes of sound with very
dynamic, poignant gestures”. His
interpretations of Beethoven’s Prometheus Overture and Mozart’s
Prague Symphony were “most convincing, persuasive”, and the Xiamen
Business News wrote that “[Chau] performed with strong resolution and
courage. He was full of enthusiasm, confidence, and determination,
expressed his feelings and led the orchestra very efficiently, dedicating to the
audience an exquisite performance”.
by music director Edo de Waart, Chau served as assistant conductor to Maestro de
Waart and conducted the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra in prominent projects,
including leading the Philharmonic in the 2007 world live broadcast opening
ceremony of the 10th anniversary celebration of Hong Kong’s Handover,
amongst guests including Chinese President Hu Jintao
guest conductor, Chau conducted Nordhausen Philharmonic Orchestra (Germany),
Filarmonica Marchigiana (Italy), Moscow Symphony Orchestra (Russia), China
National Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Tianjin, Xiamen, Wuhan, Xinhua
Philharmonic Orchestras and Inner Mongolia Opera Theater (China), Gavle Symphony
Orchestra and SAMI Sinfonietta (Sweden), Vaasa City Orchestra and the Sibelius
Academy Orchestra (Finland), the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra,
International Musical Arts Institute chamber orchestra and Fargo-Morehead
Symphony (USA). In Poland, Chau conducted Bialystok, Olsztyn, Kielce, Sudettic
Philharmonic Orchestras and –several times--Lublin Philharmonic Orchestra.
he served as a music director of Bloomington Symphony Orchestra in Minnesota,
Central Pennsylvania Symphony and
Manchester Symphony and Chorale, Georgia Southern Symphony, orchestras at
Connecticut University and Haverford College.
August 2011, Chau directed the International Karol Szymanowski Festival in
Beijing, China, presenting concerts at the China National Centre for the Arts,
Beijing Concert Hall and Forbidden City Concert Hall, with works of Szymanowski
as well as works of other Polish and Chinese composers, Sinfonietta Polonia
combining forces with China National Symphony and Choir, Atma Trio, and artists
from the USA, Russia, Poland and China. The Szymanowski festival was
supported by the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and the Polish
Embassy in Beijing and was selected as an event
of the cultural programme of the Polish presidency of the European Union Council
in Beijing. He performed at this festival also as cellist of Atma Trio.
He also coached sectionals
for the GBYSO in Boston. He taught master classes throughout US, among others at
Lawrence Conservatory, NEC Preparatory Division (where he also taught chamber
music) and in China.
Mr. Chau’s principal conducting teachers include Jorma Panula and
Frank Battisti. He also studied
under Edo de Waart, David Zinman (at Aspen), Alan Gilbert and Esa-Pekka Salonen.