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Born in Hong Kong and raised in Sydney, Australia, Chris Au began preliminary piano studies at the age of 5 with Ruth Chu. At the age of 13, he furthered his studies with Margaret Hair. Since then, he has won numerous prizes and awards including First place in the Parramatta Eisteddfod Senior Piano Championship as well as in the McDonald’s Sydney Eisteddfod Open Recital Award. He has also attained the A.M.E.B. Licentiate in Music Australia Diploma with a Distinction in Solo Piano. Chris is an active participant of music festivals and piano master classes including the Internationaler Klaviersommer in Bad Bertrich, Germany, where he won the 1st Audience prize, as well as the Kawai International Sydney Piano Masterclass Festival, South California Music Institute, the Banff Centre, all under the tutelage of John Perry. Chris has also been coached and worked with many international artists including the Ebene Quartet, the Smetana Trio, Sarkis Baltaian, Arnold Steinhardt, James Anagnuson and Menahem Pressler, Recently, he was involved in The International Holland Music Sessions as a member of the studio of Mikhail Voskresensky, and performed a solo recital there. Chris continued his studies at the Colburn School Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles and is now at The Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto under the tutelage of John Perry, where he is the recipient of the Jerry and Joan Lozinski Scholarship.

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