Yan Ning Chou: Piano
Nina Chou is a performer and a teacher based in New York City. Of Japanese and Taiwanese ancestry, she was born and raised in Taiwan. Under the influence of her mother, a full-time piano teacher, she started learning the piano at the age of four. As her interest in music started to develop, she began to learn the cello, which she continued with for more than twelve years. She was awarded top prizes in several national competitions in both disciplines while studying in Taiwan.
After moving to Canada at age 13, Nina had passed the Royal Conservatory of Music theory/history exams, grade 10 cello, and A.R.C.T. Piano Performer’s Diploma, all with First Class Honours. After five years living in Vancouver, Nina was admitted to University of Toronto, where she was received a full scholarship. As a performer, she has given recitals in Taiwan, Vancouver, Toronto, and New York. She was also invited to play in Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver by the Minerva Women In Music Foundation. During her studies in Canada, she participated in many music competitions and was twice selected as a national finalist in the Canadian Music Competition. In addition, she has had the privilege to work with artists such as Lisa Yui, Mona Golabek, Marietta Orlov, Vladimir Feltsman, and Yong Hi Moon amongst others. Nina received her master’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music under Phillip Kawin, and she is currently pursuing her second master’s degree in Music Education at Columbia University’s Teachers College.