CHIYAN WONG
Biography
Scott Lau

"Beyond the dazzling technical polish he brings to these fiendishly challenging pieces, most striking is Wong’s sincerity of purpose." Gramophone Magazine, 2017

“Jaw-dropping and spine-tingling pianistic mayhem… This is how legends are made.” The Straits Times, 2017

 

Hong Kong-born pianist Chiyan Wong has been astonishing audiences with the sincerity and authority of his playing. Recently he was awarded the prestigious 40th Grand Prix du Disque by the Franz Liszt Society in Budapest, Hungary, in recognition of his critically-acclaimed debut album Liszt Transfigured: Operatic Fantasies for Piano on LINN Records, which features Liszt’s operatic transcriptions completed and edited by Chiyan himself.

 

This summer, Chiyan gave his recital debut at the Proms at St. Judes Festival in London, and performed in a duo recital with the Chinese violist, Diyang Mei at the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Later in the year, he will be making his debut in China as well as giving performances of Beethoven’s Fifth Piano Concerto. He has made successful debuts with the Okko Kamu and Singapore Symphony Orchestra in Prokofiev’s Second Piano Concerto, with Edward Gardner at the Royal Academy of Music, and with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, where he was immediately re-invited for the following season. He returned to the Singapore International Piano Festival in 2017 and in the same year, performed at the Salzburg Mozarteum, and gave performances of Bach’s Goldberg Variations at the Stoller Hall in Manchester, Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London, as well as in Rome.

 

Other debuts include the Hong Kong Arts Festival, the Wigmore Hall (all-Liszt recital), the International Music Festival in Dinard, France at the invitation of Kun-Woo Paik, the 19th Singapore International Piano Festival, and in Sacile, Italy. Chiyan was invited to return to Hong Kong for a Liszt live broadcast recital as part of the city's celebration of the composer's bicentenary, sponsored by the Radio Television Hong Kong Corporation.

Chiyan has received prizes at the International Piano Competition in Memory of Vladimir Horowitz in Ukraine and the Premio Liszt in Parma. He was the sole recipient of the Bernard van Zuiden Music Fund of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and won First Prize at the Jaques Samuel Pianos Intercollegiate Piano Competition.

 

Chiyan began piano studies in his hometown aged six with Grace Man. He moved to England to pursue his studies at the Chethams School of Music and Royal Northern College of Music under Norma Fisher. He  studied composition with Naji Hakim in Paris and graduated from the Royal Academy of Music, where he worked with Christopher Elton.

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王致仁,鋼琴


生於香港的鋼琴家王致仁,演繹誠懇真摯又具說服力,讓聽眾讚嘆不已。他在獨奏及合奏兩方面均游刃有餘,更獲世界知名鋼琴家白建宇及斯蒂芬.侯夫賞識,前者邀請王致仁於法國迪納爾國際音樂節上演出,後者稱贊王致仁為「充滿創意及思量細密的鋼琴家」。2018年,他的首張大碟獲匈牙利的李斯特協會頒發享負盛名的唱片大獎。該大碟收錄李斯特的歌劇改編曲,由王致仁親自改編,LINN 唱片發行,大獲好評。

 

王致仁為多項大賽的得獎者,包括烏克蘭的霍洛維茲國際青少年鋼琴大賽、意大利帕馬李斯特鋼琴大賽,並為英國的Jaques Samuel 音樂院校鋼琴大賽冠軍。2017年,他於奧地利薩爾茨堡舉辦的莫扎特國際夏季音樂學院獲獎。

 

他的藝踪處處,除了出生地香港外,曾多次在倫敦、新加坡及意大利舉行獨奏會,當中包括香港藝術節及威格摩音樂廳(全李斯特曲目的獨奏會)等。他曾獲香港電台邀請舉行全李斯特曲目的獨奏會,由電台現場直播,為李斯特二百周年誕辰慶祝活動之一。2017年,他第二度於新加坡國際鋼琴藝術節演出。2019年夏天,王致仁於倫敦的聖猶達逍遙音樂會首度作獨奏演出,並夥拍中國中提琴家梅第揚,一同於德國梅克倫堡藝術節獻藝。

 

他近年曾合作的指揮及樂團計有:在卡慕指揮下與新加坡交響樂團合奏普羅哥菲夫的《第二鋼琴協奏曲》、於英國皇家音樂學院與指揮家加德納合作,以及與香港管弦樂團的演出,後者更隨即邀請他於翌季再度合作。本年稍後,他將舉行首度在中國演出,以及在英國演奏貝多芬的《第五鋼琴協奏曲》。此外,新加坡交響樂團亦已邀請他於2021年再次前赴當地,演出莫扎特的《第二十三鋼琴協奏曲》。目前,王致仁請準備為LINN 唱片灌錄新的大碟,收錄布梭尼版本的巴赫《戈爾德堡變奏曲》。

 

王致仁六歲開始在香港隨孟姍姍習琴,後前往英國徹塔姆音樂學校及皇家北方音樂學院,接受諾瑪.費殊指導。他曾於巴黎隨哈基姆學習作曲,畢業於英國皇家音樂學院,在該學院與艾爾頓共事。他曾獲頒多個獎學金,計有倫敦的哈特利基金會,更是香港管弦樂團萬瑞庭獎學金的得主。

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