Jennifer Chou

Director of Music, Toorak Uniting Church, Melbourne

toorak.unitingchurch.org.au

Email: bachbwv000 AT gmail.com

Mobile phone: + 61 410 844 552

 

Jennifer Chou

Jennifer Chou is Organist and Director of Music at Toorak Uniting Church in Melbourne, Australia. She has made Australia her home since 2004. She has since then firmly established herself as a recitalist within Australia and afar.

Within Australia, Jennifer has given solo recitals in the major Town Halls and Cathedrals in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Newcastle, and Sydney. 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. In 2009, she gave the world premiere of "The end of the illusion: an epitaph to Jean Baudrillard", an organ work commissioned 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. 

Outside Australia, Jennifer has appeared as solo recitalist in venues including Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, Westminster Abbey in London, Magdeburg Cathedral, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, New Zealand Cathedrals of Wellington, Auckland, Nelson and Napier; and in festivals in Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Hong Kong, New Zealand, and in the Bamboo Organ Festival in the Philippines.

Born in Hong Kong, she graduated from The Chinese University of Hong Kong major in organ performance. Upon her graduation, she obtained a scholarship to study the organ with Wolfgang Rübsam at Northwestern University in the USA at which she obtained a Master of Music degree and the 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. 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. She obtained the Premier Prix d'Orgue à l'unanimité in the frame of the Toulouse les Orgues International Festival upon the completion of her studies. In 2003 she won Mention Speciale in the Biarritz International Organ Competition.

Jennifer is a sought after organ teacher, she taught for the Australian Catholic University in her early years in Australia.  Since 2015, she is the organ tutor for Melbourne High School. She also is a Suzuki Organ teacher. She combines traditional organ methods and the Suzuki Organ Method in teaching organ students of all ages, from 5 years old to tertiary level players who want to prepare themselves for competitions and auditions for further studies, organ scholars at schools, university, and churches, as well as retired persons who want to learn to play the organ for their own pleasure. At Toorak Uniting Church, she directs a small church choir and a handbell ensemble and plays the organ for services.


Press

“…Dealing with Messiaen's purple musical romanticisms on the king of instruments is no easy task and Chou stepped up to the plate with calm assurance, complete clarity and unruffled accuracy. With notes and stops flying every which way, that was the best performance solution by far. She also managed to make the giant Church organ sound tolerably like Messiaen's own instrument at La Sainte Trinite in Paris, no mean feat given the huge disparity between it and the original.” (The Advertiser, South Australia)


"Die in Hong Kong geborene und in Australien lebende Orgelvirtuosin überzeugte die zahlreichen Besucher mit stupender Meisterschaft. Hubert Sandten gefiel neben der technischen Souveränität die Registrierkunst der Interpretin, Norbert Bender rühmte die Klarheit und Transparenz vor allem bei J.S. Bach. " (Augsburger Allgemeine)


"Det blev en ekstra oplevelse, ud over at lytte til tonerne, at se den slanke, unge pige, rank som et lys, med plastike armbevægelser og yndefulde håndbevægelser forme musikken, disciplineret, kontrolleret, og alligevel levende. ... Og Jennifer Chou er ikke kun en god musiker, hun er en sublim orgelspiller, der har teknik og klangsans i rigt mål, og som kan forme musikken, så den lyder så indlysende rigtig." (Sorø, review by Hans Krarup)



"Chou is a player of great energy and vitality who never loses focus, even in the largest canvases....she drove points home without becoming boring and with immense elan." (The Advertiser, South Australia)


“… Uncommon brilliant also the victorious conclusion part, which was pushed briskly by pedal runs towards the end. Jennifer Chou had not shrunk from difficulties, for which audience thanked with enthusiastic applause.“ (Schwarzwaelder Bote Donn)


... the performer offered a maximum of virtuosity in the chromatic passages and fascinated her listeners with her rapid and secure playing. The fully voiced chordal passages and the almost "whirling" runs, played with breathtaking speed, left and equally deep impresssion” (Goslar Zeitung)

 

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