Born in Taiwan, grown up in Canada. First public performance already at the age of seven. Piano studies and concert exams with Lieselotte Gierth at the Musikhochschule Stuttgart. During his studies he was first prize winner of the Mendelssohn Competition in Berlin and the Sydney International Piano Competition. Concerts in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the Far East and in the USA. Invited to the Marlboro Music Festival by Rudolf Serkin. Bronze medal winner of the Concours Reine Elisabeth in Brussels. In 1984 he played with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra at the Olympic Games‘ final concerts. In Germany, concerts with conductors such as James Conlon, Charles Dutoit, Karl Münchinger and Edmond de Stoutz, with orchestras like the Weimarer Staatskapelle, the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, the Radio Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart and the Cologne-based Gürzenich Orchestra.

Since 1990 he has been member of the „Trio Parnassus“, which was included in the list of the three leading international piano trios by the magazine „Classic CD“. In 2001, the trio was awarded the prize „Echo Klassik“ by the German Phono Academy. In 2006 they won the German Record Critics‘ Award for the CD recording „Klavierquartett op. 47“ and „Klavierquartett C minor (1829)“ by Robert Schumann. In 2008 they were again awarded the German Record Critics‘ Award. In 2008, the „Trio Parnassus“ was awarded the „Echo Klassik“ for the second time for their recording of „Klaviertrio op. 1“ and of „Suite op. 23“ by Erich Wolfgang Korngold.

Since 2004 Chia Chou has been Professor of Chamber Music – Piano at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz.