Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, violinist Conrad Chow is quickly establishing himself as an exciting young artist to watch. His performance alongside Ani Kavafian with the Columbia Festival Orchestra was hailed as “ornate and satisfying”; by Joseph Dalton of the Albany Times Union. Conrad has recently completed the Doctor of Musical Arts program at the State University of New York, Stony Brook, having studied under noted violinists Pamela Frank, Ani Kavafian, and Philip Setzer. He has performed as soloist in venues such as Bloomington’s Auer Hall, New York’s Staller Center for the Arts, and Toronto’s Glenn Gould Studio and Weston Recital Hall at the Toronto Center for the Arts. Conrad was named the David G. Whitcomb Foundation’s Young Artist of 2003. He is also an active chamber musician, having studied with the Grammy Award-winning Emerson String Quartet and appearing in chamber music performances with Paul Biss, Christina Dahl, David Finckel, and Miriam Fried. In 2001, Conrad’s string quartet was winner of the Indiana University Kuttner String Quartet Competition, granting the group the honor of performing as the quartet-in-residence for the 2001-2002 season.
Conrad began his violin studies at the age of 3 with Janet Wilchfort, currently a member of the Brampton Symphony Orchestra, and later with Alec Hou at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. He went on to complete his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at Indiana University’s School of Music, where he studied under Miriam Fried, celebrated soloist and first violinist of the Mendelssohn String Quartet. Conrad is currently on the faculty of the North Shore Suzuki School in Long Island, and is excited to embark on a career in making music.