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.
"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, the Premio Liszt in Parma and in 2017 was a prize-winner at the Mozarteum International Summer Academy. He is a recipient of the Postgraduate Performance Award by the Musicians Benevolent Fund and the ABRSM Macklin Bursary. In 2018 his debut recording, Liszt Transfigured: Operatic Fantasies for Piano won the Grand Prix, 1st prize, in the Liszt Ferenc Társaság's 40th Grand Prix Competition.
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.