News Items "daring" Rachmaninoff in Richmond
"The Rachmaninoff Third slips between dream and reality, serenity and ravishing
crescendos... Katherine Chi, who now lives in Cambridge, Mass., performed with
grace, intelligence and marvelous expression that can only come, with this
difficult work, from confidence."
San Antonio Express News
"In both the Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 1 the Messiaen Oiseaux exotiques, Chi
not only played with technical brilliance but an almost romantic musicality that
enhanced the performance of both works." [Columbus Symphony with Jean-Marie Zeitouni]
"Katherine Chi, a most elegant
player...Chi’s performance was delightful — polished technique, satisfying
phrasing, a lovely knack for making each and every note sing out."
[Beethoven & Ries Concertos with the Grand Rapids Symphony and conductor David
valiantly stepped in and appeared unfazed by the situation's added
pressures... she is blessed with no shortage of talent and adroitly
handled the concerto's considerable technical demands."
[Prokofiev Piano Concerto #3, with the Colorado Symphony]
"remarkable not only for her command of the brilliant passages but for the
beautiful shaping of the melodies. Chi was able to bring out the rich sentiment
of the music, but avoided the pitfall of sentimentality. Everywhere there was a
control of rhythm and pacing that gave the performance a remarkable sense of
majesty and Olympian grandeur." [Rachmaninoff Piano Concert #2, Calgary
"Ms. Chi displayed a keen musical intelligence
and a powerful arsenal of technique."
The New York Times
playing was electric, alternating between ricocheting expressionism
and mechanistic intensity."
The Boston Globe
“...not just the most sensational, but, better,
the most unfailingly cogent and compelling Prokofiev Third I have head
The Toronto Globe
"...her playing is all warmth, power, command
The Boston Globe
"The Comeback Kid"
Toronto Globe & Mail
"Difficult Russian concerto handled with aplomb"
"Pianist Calls Attention to Vivid Contrasts in
New York Times
"Chi plays with control and warmth"
displayed a keen musical intelligence and a powerful arsenal of technique”
The New York Times
An artist of great breadth and musical
integrity, pianist Katherine Chi is one of Canada’s fastest rising stars. She has performed throughout
Canada, the United States and Europe to great acclaim, bringing a commanding
technique and musical acumen to the concerto and recital repertoire. “Ms Chi displayed a keen musical intelligence and a
powerful arsenal of technique” wrote The New York Times about her New York
Recent and upcoming performances include a return to New York for a Lincoln
Center recital and concerto appearances with the National Arts
Centre Orchestra, the Symphonies of Columbus, Duluth, Edmonton, Grand Rapids,
and Richmond, as well as on U.S. tour
and subscription season concerts with I Musici de Montréal under its new
Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Jean-Marie Zeitouni. Other recent engagements include
appearances in Philadelphia, Toronto,
Vancouver, Winnipeg and Boston where Ms. Chi performs Stockhausen’s Mantra at
the Gardner Museum.
Sought after as a concerto soloist of musical and technical distinction, Ms. Chi
is noted for the breadth of her repertoire. While hailed for her interpretations
of Mozart, she is also acclaimed for performances of major romantic and
twentieth century concertos:
“…the most sensational but, better, the most
unfailingly cogent and compelling Prokofiev's Third I have heard in years”
writes The Globe and Mail.
Ms. Chi has also given memorable recitals in Hamburg, Hanover, Milan, Rome and
Salzburg. She has appeared with the CBC Radio Orchestra in Vancouver, Canada’s
National Arts Centre Orchestra, Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, the Neue
Philharmonie Westfalen, Toronto Sinfonia, and the Alabama, Calgary, Colorado,
Edmonton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Montreal, Ottawa, Philadelphia, Quebec, Thunder
Bay, Toronto, Vancouver and Victoria Symphony Orchestras and at festivals
including Aldeburgh, Banff, Canada’s Festival of the Sound, Launadière, Domaine
Forget, Marlboro, Osnabrück Kammermusik, Germany's Ruhr, Santander Summer Music,
and Festival Vancouver.
Katherine Chi gave her debut recital at the age of nine. A year later she was
accepted to the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music. She continued studies
with Russell Sherman and Wha Kyung Byun at the New England Conservatory in
Boston, where she received her Master's degree and Graduate and Artist Diplomas.
She later studied for two years at the International Piano Foundation in Como,
Italy, and at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne. Other teachers include
Seymour Lipkin, Galina Eguirazarova, and Wassily Lobanov. Ms. Chi was a
prizewinner at the 1998 Busoni International Piano Competition and was the first
Canadian and the first woman to win Canada’s Honens International Piano
Competition. Her debut recording, on the Arktos label, features works of
Beethoven and Rachmaninoff.