Currently Principal Keyboard of Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Alan Chu has emerged as one of the most versatile and sought-after pianists in Hong Kong, performing extensively as soloist, collaborative artist and orchestral musician both locally and abroad. He achieved early successes by winning major prizes in the Steinway & Sons International Youth Piano Competition, the Hong Kong (Asia) Piano Competition and the annual Hong Kong Schools Music Festival. During his years abroad, he was further named the first prize winner at the
North London Piano Competition and the runner-up at the Jaques Samuel Intercollegiate Piano Competition, being hailed as a pianist who possesses “formidable technique and real musicality” and “a very sensitive pianist… great pianistic flair and power”.
Graduated from Royal Academy of Music and Royal College of Music in London, Alan Chu obtained his Master of Music and Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours respectively, and was also awarded an Erasmus scholarship to study at the Hochschule für Musik Köln in Germany. He was the recipient of several coveted awards, most notably the ‘Very Highly Commended’ honour for the prestigious RAM Lloyd Hartley Prize (for the best postgraduate final recital) and Greta Parkinson Prize for his academic achievement. He was elected as an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in 2017.
Alan Chu has given frequent recitals and performances with local and international artists, making appearances in Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festival, New Vision Arts Festival, RTHK Radio 4 programmes, HKS lunchtime concert and ArtisTree Residency series, among others. As soloist, he has been invited/re-invited to perform with orchestras such as Hong Kong Wind Symphony, Pro Arte Orchestra of Hong Kong, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University Students’ Union Orchestra, Tak Ming Philharmonic Orchestra, Yao Yueh Chinese Orchestra, and Ying Wa School Band. As a guest principal, he has also freelanced with Hungarian Symphony Orchestra, King’s College Choir Cambridge and Hong Kong Virtuosi, as well as participating in many world premieres and recordings with Hong Kong New Music Ensemble.
Off the stage, Alan Chu has served as an examiner of Hong Kong Arts Development Council, a regular juror at several national music competitions, a contributor of ‘The Pianist’ Magazine, and part-time/adjunct lecturer at Hong Kong Baptist University, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, The Education University of Hong Kong, and The Open University of Hong Kong. He was appointed Artist-in-residence by the Yao Yueh Chinese Music Association in 2014.