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Jennifer Chou (Choral Conductor, Organ)

Born: Hong Kong

The Hong Kong-born organist and choral conductor, Jennifer Chou, graduated from The Chinese University of Hong Kong in organ performance. She was awarded a scholarship to study the organ with Wolfgang Rübsam at Northwestern University at which she obtained a Master of Music degree and the prestigious Certificate of Performance with honour. She furthered her studies at the Conservatoire National de Région de Rueil-Malmaison in Paris in the organ class of Susan Landale and obtained the Prix de Virtuosité à l'unanimité avec les félicitations du jury, the highest award of the conservatoire. Following that, she specialised in French Baroque and North German repertoire with Michel Bouvard and Jan Willem Jansen at the Centre d'Etudes Supérieures de Musique et Danse in Toulouse in Cycle de Perfectionnement, the highest programme in the French system. She obtained the Premier Prix d'Orgue à l'unanimité in the frame of the Toulouse les Orgues International Festival (2001). In 2003 she won Mention Speciale in the Biarritz International Organ Competition.

Since residing in Australia in 2004, Jennifer Chou has firmly established herself as a sought after recitalist at home and afar. She has given recitals in places including the Sydney and Melbourne Town Halls. As part of the centennial celebration of Olivier Messiaen in 2008, she was invited by Recitals Australia to perform the complete Livre du Saint Sacrement in Adelaide. It was the second Australian performance of the work in entirety. In 2009, she world premiered The end of the illusion: an epitaph to Jean Baudrillard, a commissioned organ work by the City of Melbourne, written by Australian composer David Chisholm (b 1970). Her recital on the Clavieruebung Part III by J.S. Bach at the Elder Conservatorium in Adelaide in May 2010 received critical acclaims. Jennifer Chou is Director of Music at Toorak Uniting Church in Melbourne, Australia.

Overseas, Jennifer Chou has appeared as solo recitalist in venues including Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, Westminster Abbey in London, Magdeburg Cathedral in Germany, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Cathedrals in New Zealand; and in festivals in Denmark, Germany, Italy, Hong Kong, and New Zealand.

Apart from performing, Jennifer Chou's focus is organ education for young people. She is a sought after organ teacher, and has taught for the Australian Catholic University. She also appears in recitals as half of the Organ and Trombone Duo with Joseph Yu. The Duo has performed in Italy, England, Hong Kong, and in festivals in Australia.

Source: Jennifer Chou Website; Toorak Uniting Church Website (2014)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (April 2014)

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