SPOTLIGHT on Katherine Chi
Calgary native Katherine Chi became the first woman and the first Canadian to win the Honens International Piano Competition in 2000. A gifted young performer whom The Boston Globe predicted she was “on a line headed straight up,” Chi went from the Curtis Institute to the New England Conservatory where she completed her studies with Wha Kyung Byun and Russell Sherman. She has also studied at the International Piano Academy Lake Como in Italy and at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne. Chi’s Weill Recital Hall debut at Carnegie Hall drew the following words from The NewYork Times: “Ms. Chi displayed a keen musical intelligence and a powerful arsenal of technique.” She has performed in recital and with orchestras across North America and Europe. Festival highlights include Canada’s Banff, Lanaudière, and Vancouver festivals, Spain’s Santander Summer Music, Austria’s Osnabrück Kammermusik and the United Kingdom’s Aldeburgh festivals.