Gabrielle Chou, 21, is a New York-based pianist and violinist seeking to defy genres and break barriers in music education and performance tradition. Gabrielle was born in Pembroke Pines, Florida in 1995, and in 2011 moved to Los Angeles to attend the Colburn Young Artists Academy. In 2013, she was accepted on both piano and violin to The Juilliard School, where she currently studies with Jerome Lowenthal on piano and Lewis Kaplan on violin. Gabrielle has been a piano and violin soloist with orchestras in the US, Spain, Italy, and Taiwan, and has performed in venues such as Alice Tully Hall, the Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, National Sawdust, and the Taipei National Theater and Concert Hall.
Gabrielle was the silver medal winner at the 6th Yamaha USASU International Senior Piano Competition, whose jury included pianist Martha Argerich. She was also a recipient of the Chopin Foundation Scholarship in 2012 and 2013. Other prizes include bronze medal at the 5th Schimmel USASU International Piano Competition, first place at the NFMC Marilyn Caldwell Piano Solo Award and Young Composers’ Challenge, and those at the Ettlingen International Competition for Young Pianists, National Composition Competition by the National Federation of Music Clubs, Manchester International Piano Concerto Competition, the American Prize, Korea International Competition for Young Pianists, and Concorso Internazionale per Pianoforte e Orchestra Citta Di Cantu.
Gabrielle has performed for musicians such as Martha Argerich, Lang Lang, Alan Gilbert, Murray Perahia, and Robert McDuffie, and has studied with Emanuel Ax, Leon Fleisher, Jeremy Denk, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and Sylvia Rosenberg. She was a Solo Piano Fellow at the 2016 Music Academy of the West, where she was also a teacher and mentor to community students through the MERIT program. She has attended the Aspen Music Festival thrice, once on piano and twice as a two-year fellowship student on violin, receiving the NFMC Summer Music Center Award for the Aspen Music Festival and School. She has also attended the Sarasota Music Festival, Pianosummer at New Paltz, Pianofest in the Hamptons, Next Festival for Emerging Artists, Music Mountain Chamber Music Masterclasses, European American Musical Alliance Summer Music Program, Valencia International Piano Academy, and Colburn Young Artists Academy Piano Festival.
Gabrielle is in her fifth year of the Accelerated Bachelors/Masters program at Juilliard and is currently a Teaching Fellow and Faculty Assistant for piano literature and secondary piano, as well as a member of the contemporary music group AXIOM. She is the recipient of the Susan W. Rose Piano Fellowship, A. & C. Levy Scholarship, and Natalie and Bernard Selinger Scholarship. Gabrielle lives in Washington Heights, New York and likes cat cafes, pastel colors, video games, pastries of all kinds, and visiting art museums and aquariums.