Jubilate! Pipe Organ Recital
21 Apr 2019, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
This Easter, join organist Jennifer Chou in a celebratory and colourful programme of solo works for the pipe organ.
Jennifer Chou is Organist and Director of Music at Toorak Uniting Church in Melbourne, Australia. Since residing in Melbourne in 2004, she has firmly established herself as a recitalist within Australia and afar.
Since her debut in 2005 at the Melbourne Town Hall as soloist with the Orchestra Victoria, she has been actively performing as a soloist across the country in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Newcastle, and Sydney. In 2008, she was invited by Recitals Australia to perform the complete Livre du Saint Sacrement by Olivier Messiaen in Adelaide as part of the centennial celebration of the composer. It was the second Australian performance of the work in entirety. In 2009, she gave the world premiere of 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. In 2010, her recital on the Clavieruebung Part III by J.S. Bach at the Elder Conservatorium in Adelaide received critical acclaims. Her recital at the University of Tasmania in 2013 was recorded and broadcasted by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). In 2018, she was invited by the Melbourne Town Hall to give an all-Messiaen organ recital projected onto two large screens and combined with special light effects to an audience of all walks of life. She also has recorded for ABC Classics.
Overseas, Jennifer has appeared as solo recitalist in Europe including venues such as the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris and the Westminster Abbey in London. Elsewhere such as the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, cathedrals in New Zealand; and in festivals including the Hong Kong Arts Festival, and more recently as the guest recitalist at the 41st International Bamboo Organ Festival in Las Piñas in the Philippines.
Jennifer is a sought-after organ teacher; she had taught the organ for the Australian Catholic University in Melbourne. She became the organ instructor for the Melbourne High School in 2015 where she teaches the organ to both beginners who have neither musical nor religious backgrounds but just a desire to learn to play the organ, as well as advance pianists who want to master the art of organ playing.
Born in Hong Kong, Jennifer was awarded a scholarship upon her graduation from The Chinese University of Hong Kong in organ performance for post-graduate studies at Northwestern University (USA) where she studied the organ with Wolfgang Rübsam. There, 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. Following that, she specialised in French Classical 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. Her graduation concert awarded her the Premier Prix d'Orgue à l'unanimité in the frame of the Toulouse les Orgues International Festival in 2001. In 2003 she won Mention Speciale in the Biarritz
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