"Chiyan Wong is an exciting, original and thoughtful pianist. Nothing sounds 'bought in'; everything sounds freshly but not self-consciously conceived." Stephen Hough
Chiyan 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 and Ferruccio Busoni. He has studied improvisation with the French-Lebanese organist, Naji Hakim, in Paris and is an honours graduate of the Royal Academy of Music (Christopher Elton). In April 2016 Chiyan made his debut with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra in Prokofiev Piano Concerto No 2. Chiyan will release his debut recording in 2017 on Linn Records which will feature Franz Liszt operatic transcriptions completed and edited by Chiyan.
In 2010 Chiyan 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 Chiyan was invited to return to Hong Kong for a Liszt live broadcast recital (part of the city's celebration of the composer's bicentenary) sponsored by the Radio Television Hong Kong Corporation. Debuts in 2012 include Wigmore Hall, where he performed an all-Liszt recital, the 19th Singapore International Piano Festival, and Sacile, Italy.
Chiyan 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. Upcoming performances include recitals in the United Kingdom, Germany, Hong Kong, and a return invite to the Singapore International Piano Festival.
Chiyan was the sole recipient of the Bernard van Zuiden Music Fund of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (2007) and won First Prize at the Jaques Samuel Pianos Intercollegiate Piano Competition (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.
Chiyan 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 12 to pursue his studies at the Chethams School of Music and Royal Northern College of Music under Norma Fisher. Chiyan is currently pursuing further music studies as a Lee Hysan Foundation Scholar. Chiyan is grateful to the support of Lady Valerie Solti, Lionel Choi and John Burgess. Chiyan Wong is represented worldwide by Percius. www.percius.co.uk
“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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