Born in Hong Kong, Philip Chu recently completed a Masters degree in conducting at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, under the tutelage of Imre Palio. For the last year, he has held the post of assistant chorus master of the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs during which time he worked with many international conductors, including Charles Dutoit and Gianluigi Gelmetti, preparing the choirs works by Adams, Bach, Berlioz and Beethoven. Philip is musical director/conductor of the Georgian Singers, St Aloysius Symphony Orchestra and eminence Symphony Orchestra, as well as associate conductor of the Beethoven Society of Australia and assistant chorus master of Willoughby Symphony Orchestra and Choir. He has been guest/assistant conductor for Sydney Chamber Choir, Strathfield Symphony Orchestra, Sydney University Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Conservatorium Choirs, Macquarie University Singers, Taverner Consort and Leichhardt Espresso Chorus.
Philip has prepared an extensive range of music for different ensembles, including Orff’s Carmina Burana, Fauré’s Requiem, Verdi’s Requiem, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Handel’s Messiah, JS Bach’s Mass in B minor and Cantata BWV 140, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Mozart’s Requiem, Poulenc’s Gloria, Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an exhibition, Mozart’s Clarinet concerto and Sibelius’ Symphony No.3.
Last year Philip was co-conductor with Paul Dyer in the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra’s annual Christmas series Noel! Noel! He also conducted Handel’s Messiah featuring 500 voices of the combined church choirs and the SBS Youth Orchestra in the Town Hall. Earlier this year, Philip was conducting assistant to the Academy Award winning composer Tan Dun during the Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s performances of his works The Map and The Paper Concerto. He also went on a Sydney and Melbourne tour with Eminence Symphony Orchestra and will be conducting Messiah in the town Hall at the end of the Year.