OU to Host Internationally Renowned Pianist

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An acclaimed pianist will be performing at Ohio University as part of the school’s annual Piano Pedagogy Seminar.

Alan Chow, celebrated for his success both as a performer and an instructor, will give a recital on Friday, June 19, at Glidden Recital Hall. The recital, which will be free and open to the public, will begin at 7:30 p.m.

“The audience is in store for high-level artistry,” said Christopher Fisher, associate professor of piano. “He’s a tremendous performer.”

Chow’s visit is part of the University’s Piano Pedagogy Seminar, now in its seventh year, taking place in conjunction with the OU Summer Music Camp and the “Mozart on the Green” concert series. Chow also will be participating in other activities on campus, including a master class and lecture.

A professor with Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music, Chow joined the Northwestern faculty in 1998, after serving as an artist-in-residence at the University of Arkansas. This week’s visit will be his first time in Athens.

“I am very much looking forward to being on the campus of Ohio University and excited to be interacting with the faculty there and all the piano teachers who will be attending,” Chow said.

Friday’s full-length (90-minute) program will feature works by composers Joseph Haydn, Ludwig van Beethoven, Frederic Chopin and Sergei Rachmaninoff. Fisher described the program as “accessible but yet very compelling.”

Dr. Robert Duke, author of Intelligent Music Teaching, also will serve as a guest lecturer for the seminar. Described by Fisher as “perhaps one of the world’s leading music education researchers,” Duke teaches at the University of Texas at Austin. “We’re very blessed to have both Alan and Robert here this summer for this seminar,” Fisher said. More information can be found at

Both Chow and his twin brother Alvin, a professor at Oberlin College, received a master’s in piano performance from the Julliard School. Alan Chow has performed in concerts in 45 states. In addition to his many awards, which include First Prize in the Concert Artists Guild International Competition, many of Chow’s pupils have gone on to award-winning careers of their own.

Hosted by the School of Music, the Ohio University Piano Pedagogy Seminar offers piano teachers and students a variety of enrichment opportunities, including workshops, presentations and performances.