Chiyan Wong - piano
'Chiyan Wong is an exciting, original and thoughtful pianist.
Nothing sounds “bought in”; everything sounds freshly but not
self-consciously conceived.’ Stephen Hough
Chiyan Wong has been astonishing audiences with the sincerity and
sheer authority of his playing. He is a broad and thoughtful musician
with a special interest in the music of Franz Liszt. He has studied
improvisation with the French-Lebanese organist, Naji Hakim in Paris
and is an honours graduate of the Royal Academy of Music where he
studied with Christopher Elton. In April 2016, Wong made his debut
with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra playing Prokofiev’s Piano
Concerto, No. 2.
In 2010 Wong made his Asian debut at the Hong Kong Arts Festival
and at the International Music Festival in Dinard, France at the invitation
of Kun-Woo Paik. In 2011, Wong was invited to return to Hong Kong
for a Liszt live broadcast recital (part of the city’s celebration of the
composer’s bicentenary) which was sponsored by the Radio Television
Hong Kong Corporation. Debuts in 2012 included the Wigmore Hall,
where he performed an all-Liszt recital, the 19th Singapore International
Piano Festival, and Sacile, Italy.
Wong has enjoyed working with conductors such as Edward Gardner
and Okko Kamu. Other European performances have included concerts
for the Liszt Society, an extensive recital tour in Germany, and the Bad
Bocklet Spring Music Festival. 2016–17 includes recitals in the United
Kingdom, Germany, Hong Kong, and a return invite to the Singapore
International Piano Festival.
Wong was the sole recipient of the Bernard van Zuiden Music Fund
of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra in 2007 and won First Prize
at the Jaques Samuel Pianos Intercollegiate Piano Competition in 2011.
In addition, he has been awarded prizes by the Hattori Foundation in
London, the International Piano Competition in Memory of Vladimir
Horowitz in Ukraine and the Premio Liszt in Parma. He is a recipient of
the Postgraduate Performance Award by the Musicians Benevolent
Fund and the ABRSM Macklin Bursary.
Wong was born in Hong Kong where he began his piano studies
at the age of six with Grace Man. He moved to England at the age of
twelve to pursue his studies at Chetham’s School of Music and Royal
Northern College of Music under Norma Fisher. Wong is grateful for
the support of Lady Valerie Solti, John Burgess and the Lee Hysan
Foundation in Hong Kong. Wong is represented worldwide by Percius.
'Chiyan Wong has a sincerity as a person which he applies to his
music-making, and that is very rare these days.’ Kun-Woo Paik
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24 February 2017
24 February 2017South Hill Park Arts Centre
, Ringmead, Bracknell RG12 7PA England United Kingdom
11 May 2017
11 May 2017Breinton
, Heath House Road, Brookwood GU22 0RD England United Kingdom