Acclaimed as an immensely gifted pianist with “formidable technique and real musicality”, Alan Chu has appeared at various major venues in Hong Kong as soloist and accompanist, and has performed extensively in the United Kingdom, Australia and Germany.
Born in Hong Kong, Chu began his piano studies at the early age of five. He has had numerous successes at various piano competitions under the tutorage of Choi Sown-le (pupil of Michelangeli), including prizes at the Steinway & Sons International Youth Piano Competition and the Hong Kong (Asia) Piano Open Competition. During his years in London, he has been awarded first prizes at several national competitions - most recently he has been named the RAM Runner-up at the prestigious Jacques Samuel Intercollegiate Piano Competition in 2008.
A recent graduate of the Royal College of Music (RCM), Chu has obtained the Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours under the tutelage of John Blakely and Kevin Kenner. He has also worked with many prominent artists such as Lyall Duke, Yonty Solomon, Stephen Savage, Eckart Heiligers, Pascal Neminrovski and Nelly Akopian-Tamarina. For a year he has served as the Keyboard Representative of the RCM Student Association. In 2008, he was awarded an Erasmus Scholarship which encouraged him to study with Vassily Lobanov (pupil of the legendary Heinrich Neuhaus) at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne, Germany.
Besides his solo work, Chu is also a committed chorister. At the age of 17, he was appointed student conductor of the Diocesan Boys’ School Treble Choir in Hong Kong, bringing home the champion in the annual Schools Music Festival. As an accompanist, he has had regular collaborations with the Hong Kong Young People’s Chorus since its establishment in 2005.
Chu is currently undertaking the Master of Music course at the Royal Academy of Music (RAM) where he furthers his piano studies with the distinguished pianist and teacher Ian Fountain.
“His pianism enables him to express himself with lace and grace” – Niel Immelman
“A very sensitive pianist… Great pianistic flair and power” – Norman Beedie