After his studies at the Juilliard School in New York and the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris, Frederic Chiu began his career first in Europe then in the USA, South America and in Asia, performing in Recital as well as Chamber Music and with Orchestra.
He plays in the most well known halls in the world, such as the Wigmore Hall in London, or Lincoln Center in NY. His concerts take him to Europe, the Americas, Asia and Africa.
In France he has played at the Theatre des Champs-Elysees, Salle Gaveau, Chatelet and the Cite de la Musique, the Opera of Lyon, the Corum of Montpellier and the Palais des Congres in Strasbourg – but also in smaller and unusual spaces – the Bouffes du Nord, the Cirque d’Hiver, the Salle Cortot, the Chateau de la Verrerie. He is a favorite of festival such as the Roque d’Antheron, Montpellier or the Chopin Festival.
His discography contains more than 20 recordings, including the complete piano works of Sergei Prokofiev, which has become the reference, with a boxed set of 10 CDs.
He has also performed the Russian composer’s Concerti with the Estonia National Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Scottish Symphony and gave three acclaimed recitals at the prestigious Gergiev Festival in Rotterdam, as well as the complete Sonatas in one evening in Paris, an unprecedented event.
Other recordings include works of Chopin, Transcriptions, Mendelssohn, Rossini. An album of Ravel/Decaux/Schoenberg is an example of his eclecticism. His album of Schubert’s Schwanengesang, in the piano solo transcription by Liszt, was a turning point in the discography of this repertoire.
His latest recordings: Debussy and Gao Ping (“Distant Voices”) and the music of Gurdjieff/De Hartmann (“Hymns & Dervishes”)
In Chamber Music, he plays with Pierre Amoyal and Joshua Bell, Christian Ivaldi, Gary Hoffman, Michel Lethiec, Paul Meyer, the Daedalus, Shanghai and St. Lawrence Quartets.
His interests take him outside of the traditional domain of Classical Music, in collaboration with the writer/clown Howard Buten/Buffo, or the actors Sami Frey, Richard Sammel, Marie Christine Barrault and Bran Bedford.
A highly sought-after teacher, his “Deeper Piano Studies” workshop introduces the participants to a philosophical and deep psychological approach to practicing, interpretation and the life of an artist. He is a regular visitor to the nine National Conservatories of China, as well as other major institutions around the world: The Juilliard School, Indiana University, The Banff Centre, Seoul National University.