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Will Chow

Cello, Boston Symphony Orchestra
Nancy and Richard Lubin Chair

official 22-23 season portrait of Will Chow


Cellist Will Chow joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s cello section at the start of the 2022-2023 season and holds the Nancy and Richard Lubin Chair. Formerly a member of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, he made his concerto debut with that ensemble performing Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations under the baton of Earl Lee in 2021 for one of the PSO’s first live audiences since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. He performed the Kodály Sonata for Solo Cello on Pittsburgh’s Heinz Hall stage for the PSO’s “Center Stage” series on WQED-FM, and has also been heard on WHYY-TV and NPR's “From the Top.” In the past, Chow performed as a soloist with the Nova Vista Symphony and the Peninsula Youth Orchestra. He was the principal cellist of Curtis’ 20/21 Ensemble on Cedille Records’ Grammy-nominated album, “Two x Four,” as well as principal cellist of the Curtis Chamber Orchestra on Curtis on Tour. Chow has won a number of prizes, including first place in the Mondavi National Young Artists Competition and the Lawrence Bedini scholarship in San Francisco.

A dynamic and avid chamber musician, Chow has collaborated with Mitsuko Uchida, Yo-Yo Ma, Ida Kavafian, Roberto Díaz, and members of the Guarneri, Borromeo, Juilliard, and Cleveland quartets. He has appeared at festivals such as Marlboro Music, Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute, the Perlman Music Program, Music from Angelfire, and Music@Menlo. As a recitalist, Chow has performed internationally at venues from Singapore to the Netherlands. He has served as a faculty member at the Crescendo Summer Institute in Tokaj, Hungary.

Chow was appointed to the cello section of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in 2016 by Manfred Honeck after completing his studies at the Curtis Institute of Music under the tutelage of Carter Brey and Peter Wiley. He is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area.

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