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Jennifer Chou - Organ Concert

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  • Sun 12 Feb ’17, 2:30pm – 4:30pm


Waiapu Cathedral of St John the Evangelist, 28 Browning St, Napier


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adults: $20.00
  • Seniors: $15.00
  • Students: $5.00

Jennifer Chou's programme includes the following:
- Bach: Prelude and Fugue in E-flat Major BWV 552
- Alain: Variations sur le theme de Clement Jannequin
- Messiaen: L'Apparîtion de l'église éternelle
- Durufle: Fugue sur le thème du carillion de la cathédrale de Soisson
- Vierne: Hymne au Soleil from Pièces de Fantaisie Suite No. 2
- Grainger: Country Garden
- Bédard: Cat Suite
- Gershwin: 2 Preludes

Since residing in Australia in 2004, Jennifer Chou has firmly established herself as a recitalist at home and afar. She has given solo recitals in the Town Halls of Adelaide, Melbourne, and Sydney, and in Cathedrals in 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 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.

Overseas, Jennifer 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, Wellington and Auckland Cathedrals in New Zealand; and in festivals in Denmark, Germany, Italy, Hong Kong, New Zealand, and in the Philippines.

Jennifer is a sought after organ teacher, she has taught for the Australian Catholic University. Since 2015, she is the organ tutor for Melbourne High School. She also is a Suzuki Organ teacher. Born in Hong Kong, she graduated from The Chinese University of Hong Kong major 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 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. At present, Jennifer is the Director of Music at Toorak Uniting Church in Melbourne, Australia where she directs a small choir and 2 handbell groups, plays the organ and teaches children and young people to play the organ.

She also appears in recitals as half of the Organ and Trombone Duo with Joseph Yu. The Duo has performed in Italy, England, New Zealand, Hong Kong, and in festivals in Australia.

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