Will Chow


On leave


Will Chow joined the cello section of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in 2016. His recent career events include making his concerto debut with the Pittsburgh Symphony in August, performing Tchaikovsky’s “Rococo Variations” at Hartwood Acres for the one of the first Orchestra’s first concerts in front of live audiences since the start of the pandemic, and performing the Kodály Sonata for solo cello as part of the Pittsburgh Symphony’s “Center Stage” series on WQED-FM. In the past, he has appeared as soloist with the Nova Vista Symphony and the Peninsula Youth Orchestra and has been heard on NPR's From the Top and on WHYY-TV. As a recitalist, Chow has performed at venues in countries all over the globe spanning from Singapore to the Netherlands. He has served as principal cellist of the Curtis Chamber Orchestra's Curtis on Tour, and also as principal cellist of the Curtis 2020-2021 ensemble in Cedille Chicago label’s GRAMMY®-nominated CD album, “Two x Four.” 

As a chamber musician, Will Chow has collaborated with notable artists such as Mitsuko Uchida, Jeffrey Khaner, Ida Kavafian, Scott St. John, Joseph Lin, Donald Weilerstein and Roberto Diaz, among others. He has appeared in festivals such as Marlboro Music, Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute in Highland Park, Music from Angelfire, the Perman Music Program, Aspen Music Festival and School, and Music@Menlo Chamber Music Institute.  

Will Chow was awarded First Prize in the 2011 Mondavi National Young Artists Competition and was also the 2008 recipient of the Lawrence Bedini Scholarship from the YES Foundation for the Arts in San Francisco. Prior to his appointment to the cello section of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Chow studied at the Curtis Institute of Music under the tutelage of Carter Brey and Peter Wiley.