“A pianist-painter who transforms each musical idea into a beautiful array of colours” (La Presse), Philip Chiu is acclaimed for his brilliant pianism, sensitive listening, and a stage presence that eschews the hermit-pianist image in favour of openness, authenticity, and connection with audiences. Inaugural winner of Mécénat Musica’s Prix Goyer, Philip has become one of Canada’s leading musicians through his infectious love of music and his passion for connection and creation.
Philip concertizes extensively as soloist and chamber musician and has performed recitals and chamber music concerts all across Canada, as well as concert halls in France, Japan and the United States. Chamber music partners have included James Ehnes, Emmanuel Pahud, Regis Pasquier, Noah Bendix-Balgley, Bomsori Kim, Johannes Moser, and Raphael Wallfisch. He has a long-standing violin-piano duo with Jonathan Crow, concertmaster of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and violinist of the New Orford String Quartet.
Philip is a veteran touring artist of Prairie Debut, Jeunesses Musicales Canada, and Debut Atlantic, having toured Canada over 14 times with their generous support. He is in the midst of a recording triptych featuring the music of Ravel and Debussy, as well as brand new Canadian commissions inspired by these French pieces, all released on the ATMA Classique label. He has also recorded for Warner Music, Analekta, Leaf Music and CBC Music, and his performances and recordings air regularly on BBC Radio, France Musique, ICI Musique, and CBC Music.
He is grateful for the support of Mécénat Musica, the Sylva Gelber Music Foundation, and the Canada Council for the Arts. Philip also wishes to thank his teachers and mentors; notably, Marc Durand, Jenny Regehr, Susan Steele, and the late Peter Longworth.
Philip is represented by Andrew Kwan Artists Management.