Gabrielle Chou, 22, is a New York-based pianist and violinist seeking to defy genres and break barriers in music education and performance tradition. In her pursuit of artist-citizenship she performs solo, chamber music, and in large ensembles, teaches and coaches chamber music, improvises, collaborates with composers, dancers, and actors, premieres new works, and is active in community engagement and arts administration. Recent performance highlights include playing in the Juilliard Orchestra for Alan Gilbert's last concert in David Geffen Hall; playing in Juilliard’s Wednesdays at One concerts and as part of contemporary group AXIOM’s tribute concert to Steve Reich, both in Alice Tully Hall; a program of all-living composers as part of the Next Festival of Emerging Artists at National Sawdust; playing solo violin with Distinguished Concerts International New York in Faure’s Requiem at Carnegie Hall; and playing Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra at the Taipei National Theater and Concert Hall.
Gabrielle was born in South Florida in 1995 and as a teenager moved to Los Angeles to attend the Colburn Young Artists Academy. She holds a B.M. and M.M. from The Juilliard School, where she was accepted on both piano and violin and also enrolled in the Accelerated Bachelors/Masters Program, and is currently a candidate for the Doctorate of Musical Arts degree at the City University of New York's Graduate Center. She currently studies with Richard Goode and Jerome Lowenthal on piano and Lewis Kaplan on violin.
Gabrielle has performed as a piano and violin soloist with orchestras in the US, Spain, Italy, and Taiwan, and has been a laureate of numerous competitions in Denmark, England, Korea, Germany, Italy, Spain, Taiwan, and the US. Of particular note were prizes at the Yamaha International Senior Piano Competition, the Schimmel International Piano Competition, the Chopin Foundation Scholarship in two consecutive years, the Ettlingen International Competition for Young Pianists, the National Composition Competition by the National Federation of Music Clubs, the Manchester International Piano Concerto Competition, the American Prize, the Korea International Competition for Young Pianists, and the Concorso Internazionale per Pianoforte e Orchestra Citta Di Cantu. She has played in masterclasses for pianists Martha Argerich, Lang Lang, and Murray Perahia, and violinists Robert McDuffie and Elmar Oliveira; she has also studied with pianists Jeremy Denk, Leon Fleisher, and Jean-Yves Thibaudet and violinist Sylvia Rosenberg as well as chamber music with pianist Emanuel Ax and cellist Timothy Eddy. Gabrielle was a solo piano fellow at the 2016 Music Academy of the West, where she also served in its MERIT (Music Education Reinforces Intellect and Talent) program as a teacher, coach, and mentor. She has attended the Aspen Music Festival as a pianist and violinist, latter as a two-year fellowship student receiving the National Federation of Music Clubs Summer Music Center Award, and has also attended the Sarasota Music Festival, Pianosummer at New Paltz, Pianofest in the Hamptons, Music Mountain Chamber Music Masterclasses, European American Musical Alliance’s Nadia Boulanger Institute, and Colburn Music Academy Piano Festival, among others.
At Juilliard, Gabrielle was a Teaching Assistant and Teaching Fellow, responsible for piano literature and secondary piano classes. Her teaching career began with her community engagement activities at Colburn, teaching as part of a collaboration between the Academy and Para Los Niños, offering underserved elementary school students lessons at Colburn. In New York, she visited the Opportunity Music Project, which offers free private music lessons and instruments for children, to give workshops as part of a student-led music and dance collaboration group. In 2016, while she was at the Music Academy of the West, she took part in the MERIT program as a teacher, mentor, and chamber coach, holding daily coachings and giving masterclasses to community music students. Currently, she has a private studio in New York, teaching both piano and violin to students of all ages and skill levels.
Gabrielle is an avid proponent of new music and contemporary collaborations. At the Aspen Music Festival and School, she worked with ballet dancers on a production of Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet featuring an on-stage orchestra as well as a semi-staged production of Shostakovich’s Hamlet and Puccini’s La Bohème. At Juilliard, she was part of a student-produced music and dance production by the group NOVA. While at the Next Festival of Emerging Artists, a summer workshop with residencies in Music Mountain, Connecticut and New York, she premiered works by student composers at Juilliard, the Curtis Institute, and the Yale School of Music, and also took part in an improvisation workshop with composers and dancers, culminating in a public workshop featuring both finished pieces and live improvisation. Gabrielle also performs with Juilliard’s new music ensemble, AXIOM, and frequently programs music by living female composers as well as music with electronic elements in her repertoire.
Gabrielle currently lives in New York and enjoys playing in traditional and nontraditional venues across the city. In her free time, she also likes to frequent art museums, film festivals, and aquariums, play video games, and seek out good restaurants. Currently, she is learning how to speedcube and reading through the entirety of Haruki Murakami's novels.