3:30 a.m., June 13)
cellist ready to take on next phase of his life
cellist Simon Chow performs during a recent recital in preparation for his ARCT
Royal Conservatory of Music exam on Saturday. Fred Sherwin/Photo
past 11 years, Orléans cellist Simon Chow has been impressing audiences
with his unique combination of passion and maturity that has often belied his
one third of The Chow Trio, along with older brothers Stephen and Sebastien, Simon
has played in front of every manner of audience from wedding parties to seniors
the last two years, hes played an increasing number of solo concerts as
first Stephen and then Sebastien pursued their studies further afield.
its Simons turn. In his final year at Gloucester High School, Chow
plans to attend the University of Western Ontario starting next fall as part of
the Royal Military College ROTP civilian university program under which the RMC
will cover the cost of his studies in exchange for a four year commitment to the
joining the military, Chow will be following in the footsteps of his father John
who is Commander in the navy.
at Western, Chow will be studying both business and music. But before he starts
the next phase of his life, he must first complete his studies at Gloucester High
School and take his ARCT exam with the Royal Conservatory of Music.
ARCT is the highest level that can be obtained through the Royal Conservatory
of Musics examination process and requires the student to play six pieces
of music during a one hour time limit. As well, each student must have already
met a number of requirements in musical history and theory.
a means of preparing for the ARCT exam which hell be taking this Saturday,
Chow performed his planned program at a special recital at Good Shepherd Roman
Catholic Church on Sunday.
in front of about 100 family and friends, Chow tackled the challenging selection
of works with his usual youthful vibrancy and gusto.
warming up with Bachs Unaccompanied Cello Suite #4 in E Flat Major, he took
on Beethovens Sonata in A Major Op. 69, accompanied expertly on piano by
Opera Lyra repetiteur Judith Ginsberg before launching into Davidovs 100
mile an hour Op. 20 #2: At the Fountain.
you never heard the composition before, think of the runaway train scene in Polar
Express and youll get an idea of the frantic pace of the mesmerizing piece.
a short break, Chow returned to perform Sir William Edward Elgars Concerto
in E Minor Op. 85, demonstrating for all who were lucky enough to have been there
his enormous talent and seemingly limitless potential. If the Armed Forces Band
is ever in need of a principal cellist they should have a seat reserved for Mr.
his performance, Chows mother Hilda was sitting nervously near the front
of the church.
get so nervous when he plays because I know when all the difficult parts are coming
up. Its a typical mother thing, said Mrs. Chow.
his performance, Chow took time to acknowledge his music teachers both past and
present starting with Sara Loten. He also studied under Rosalind Sartori and for
the past four years has benefitted from the tutelage of Margaret Munro-Tobolowski.
it has been his parents and two brothers who have had the biggest influence on
his musical career.
have to credit my parents first of all because they always had the idea of us
playing as a trio and then my brothers because they always knew what I was going
through and kept me going, said Chow who has a bright future ahead of him
no matter which path he ultimately chooses.
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