Stephanie Chua
Region: Ontario
Stephanie Chua

Profile Type: Performer
I Play: Piano


Stephanie Chua is an expressive and versatile Canadian pianist devoted to presenting and performing contemporary works through musical insight and innovative programming. Stephanie has performed in solo and chamber recitals across Canada and in Europe. Recent highlights include solo recitals at Music Toronto's Discovery Series, New Music Edmonton, the Emergents Series at the Music Gallery (Toronto), and the McMichael Gallery of Canadian Art (Kleinburg, ON), along with performances at Impuls Contemporary Music Festival (Graz, Austria), the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, X-Avant Festival (Toronto), and Groundswell (Winnipeg). With the assistance of the Canada Council of the Arts, Stephanie embarked on a tour of South West England in 2008 including performances at Michael Tippet Centre (Bath) and the Cube Microplex (Bristol).

As a much sought after collaborative pianist, Stephanie has performed in some of Canada's most important contemporary ensembles including Trio Fibonacci (Montreal), Toca Loca (Toronto) and Contact Contemporary Music (Toronto). She performs regularly as a duo with violinist, Véronique Mathieu.

In 2009, Stephanie co-founded junctQín with Elaine Lau and Joseph Ferretti. junctQín is trio of pianists committed to performances of contemporary music and commissioning new works for their unique instrumentation. Most recently, junctQín
commissioned Austrian composer Karlheinz Essl (University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna) through generous support from the Austrian Cultural Forum and the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation (Switzerland). Also, the ensemble was featured in an interview and special feature broadcast on Rondo Classic FM (Helsinki, Finland), reaching audiences in Armenia, Hungary and Kyrgyzstan.

Stephanie holds her Artist Diploma from the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music and a Master of Music from the University of Toronto. She was also Artist-in-Residence at the Banff Centre for the Arts, and earned her Bachelor of Music from the University of Victoria. Her main teachers were Robin Wood and Marietta Orlov, and she has worked extensively in master classes with Menahem Pressler and Leon Fleisher. In 2009, Stephanie received an Ontario Arts Council Career Development Grant allowing her to pursue private studies with Ian Pace in London, England.