Yuking Chou is winner of several international piano competitions, winning merits such as 2nd prize at the International Kimiko-Sato-Music Competition in Vienna (Austria, 1998), 3rd prize as well as the award for the best interpretation of works of the contemporary Italian composer Alois Vechiato (Chou was the first Taiwanese winning this award) at the International ‘Finale Ligure’ Piano Competition in Italy (1994), and 3rd prize at the International ‘Maria Canals’ Jeunesse Piano Competition in Barcelona (Spain, 1991).
Yuking Chou was born in Taiwan, and she subsequently moved to Vienna, Austria, where she grew up. She blossomed early in life as an international performer and has maintained a high level of excellence throughout her life. She got her first piano at age 4. But she quickly developed in her talent and made her first public appearance at age 8. At age 10, she was the winner of a national talent show and performed on a national TV show in Taiwan.
As her career began to take off, she quickly moved to performing internationally, including giving concerts in Taiwan, Austria, Germany, Italy, Belgium, and the United States. She has graced audiences on such prestigious stages as Vienna Konzerthaus, Bösendorfer Hall in Vienna (Austria), Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall in Taipei (Taiwan). Her most recent performance was at the 25th Anniversary Celebration of Vineyard Community Church Cincinnati in the Cintas Center (Ohio/USA) in October 2010, where she played for nearly 8000 people. Through it all, she has performed with an incredibly diverse array of ensembles, including the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, numerous chamber music and band concerts, as well as countless solo performances.
Chou received her bachelor’s (Erste Diplom) and master’s (magistra artium) degrees in piano performance from the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna; and is currenty in the Doctor of Musical Arts and Artist Diploma programs at College-Conservatory of Music at University of Cincinnati, in Ohio, where she worked as a graduate assistant at the Instrumental Accompaniment Department, and Secondary Piano Department. She was selected to present her research at the "Music Teachers National Association", 2009 National Conference in Atlanta, GA. She has studied with world-renowned pianists and pedagogues, such as Alexander Jenner, Vitaly Margulis, Andrej Jasinski, Sergei Dorensky, Dr. Michelle Conda, Elizabeth and Eugene Pridonoff.
While dearly enjoying performing, she is also passionate about teaching piano and started her first teaching jobs in Vienna when she was still a teenager. Because of her Asian, European, and now American musical background, she has educated many successful young pianists that are spread over three continents, and many of them are prize winners at competitions and perform around the world as well.
Chou was a faculty member at the Communiversity in Vienna (Austria), Music School in Steyr (Austria), and the Tainan Woman’s University of Arts and Technology (Taiwan). She was also directing and giving master classes in Austria, and Taiwan. She is currently a piano faculty at College of Mount St. Joseph, Cincinnati, Ohio since 2009. She has been invited to adjudicate in many national and local competitions and auditions in Taiwan, Austria and USA.