director of symphony
and chamber orchestras
a faculty member of Utah Valley University, music
director and conductor of Bloomington Symphony Orchestra, is also general
and artistic director of Sinfonietta Polonia in Poland. The
Polish Gazeta Wyborcza praised him that “noteworthy
are Chau’s truly remarkable feeling for specificity of Polish music, his
indeed solid conducting technique/métier and his methods of working with the
orchestra thanks to which a given work is shaped in a very clear, transparent
and dynamic way”. The German Thueringer
reviewed “[Chau] used all colors and dynamic contrasts possible from the
orchestra. It was a full
identification with the composer’s yearnings (Tchaikovsky’s
Pathetique). After powerful tones
of the trombones the music sank into a hardly audible depth.
The audience was so captivated that
a moment of silence followed, after
which the tension exploded in unending applause.”
by music director Edo de Waart, Chau served as conducting fellow of the Hong
Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and conducted the Philharmonic in prominent projects,
including leading the Philharmonic in the 2007 world live broadcast opening
ceremony of the 10th anniversary celebration of Hong Kong’s Handover,
amongst guests including Chinese President Hu Jintao.
guest conductor, Chau conducted the
Williamsport Symphony Orchestra (USA), Nordhausen Philharmonic Orchestra
Filarmonica Marchigiana (Italy), Moscow Symphony Orchestra (Russia), Tianjin,
Xiamen, Wuhan and Xinhua Philharmonic Orchestras and Inner Mongolia Opera
Theater (China), Lublin, Bialystok, Olsztyn, Kielce and Sudettic Philharmonic
Orchestras (Poland), Gavle Symphony Orchestra (Sweden), Vaasa City Orchestra and
the Sibelius Academy Orchestra (Finland). He
was a director
Southern Symphony, orchestra
in residence at University of Connecticut,
of Central Pennsylvania Symphony and the Manchester Symphony Orchestra and
Sinfonietta Polonia in tours in Germany, China, Poland and France. In August
2011, he was a director of the International Karol Szymanowski Festival in
Beijing, China, presenting at the China National Centre for the Arts, Beijing
Concert Hall and Forbidden City Concert Hall, works of Szymanowski as well as
works of other Polish and Chinese composers with Sinfonietta Polonia, Atma Trio,
and artists from the USA, Russia, Poland and China. In
Chau conducted a
concert of Sinfonietta Polonia at Grosser Sendesaal des Landesfunkhauses Hannover
and in November 11, 2012 he will perform with this orchestra in Berlin.
Sinfonietta Polonia recorded under his buton for Acte
Preable, Huhhot TV, China Central Television and was featured as a cover
article for the prestigious Polish classical music magazine, Muzyka
21, in November 2009.
was awarded the first double doctorate in the history of the New England
Conservatory in Boston in wind ensemble conducting and cello, where he studied
conducting with Frank Battisti and cello with Colin Carr.
He later studied orchestral conducting with Jorma Panula at the Royal
Conservatory of Sweden in Stockholm.
As conductor, he is a member of the National Arts Associate of
Sigma Alpha Iota.
cellist, Chau is member of the Atma Trio, with violinist/wife Blanka Bednarz and
pianist Slawomir Dobrzanski.
The ensemble performs in USA, Germany, Italy, China,
and tours regularly in Poland.
They also recorded works of Mendelssohn and Ravel for Polish label Acte