St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Chiyan Wong – piano

Tuesday, 2 October at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

Chiyan Wong – piano

J S Bach

Capriccio on the departure of a beloved brother, BWV 992

T Adès

Blanca Variations

R Schumann

Ghost Variations, WoO 24

F Liszt

Après une lecture du Dante: Fantasia quasi Sonata, S. 161/7

UK-based pianist Chiyan Wong has been astonishing audiences with the sincerity and authority of his playing. He is a broad and thoughtful musician with a special interest in the music of Franz Liszt and Ferruccio Busoni. Chiyan was recently awarded the Grand Prix, 1st prize, in the Liszt Ferenc Társaság's 40th Grand Prix Competition for his critically-acclaimed debut album 'Liszt Transfigured: Operatic Fantasies for Piano.' The disc was released on LINN Records in spring 2017 and features Liszt's operatic transcriptions completed and edited by Chiyan himself. 'I have run out of superlatives here as this really is a superb recording' - Musicweb International.

He has made successful debuts with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra (Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 2) and with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra in a Liszt/Beethoven programme, where he was immediately re-invited for the following season. He returned to the Singapore International Piano Festival in 2017 and performed at Stoller Hall as a featured artist in the International Piano Summer School at Chetham's School of Music, Manchester. Other recent 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 (part of the city's celebration of the composer's bicentenary) sponsored by the Radio Television Hong Kong Corporation.

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 as well as the Bad Bocklet Spring Music Festival. Upcoming performances include recitals in the United Kingdom and Europe.

Chiyan was awarded a prestigious prize as one of most promising young artists to appear at the International Mozarteum Summer Academy and subsequently performed at the Salzburg Festival in 2017. Alongside his triumph in Salzburg, 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). 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 to pursue his studies at Chetham's and the Royal Northern College of Music under Norma Fisher. He has studied improvisation with Naji Hakim in Paris and is an honours graduate of the Royal Academy of Music (Christopher Elton). Chiyan is currently pursuing further music studies as a Lee Hysan Foundation Scholar. Chiyan is grateful for the support of Lady Valerie Solti, Lionel Choi, and John Burgess. Chiyan Wong is represented worldwide by Percius (www.percius.co.uk). Photo: Kurt Chan @ Kurtachio

UK-based pianist Chiyan Wong has been astonishing audiences with the sincerity and authority of his playing. He is a broad and thoughtful musician with a special interest in the music of Franz Liszt and Ferruccio Busoni. Chiyan was recently awarded the Grand Prix, 1st prize, in the Liszt Ferenc Társaság's 40th Grand Prix Competition for his critically-acclaimed debut album 'Liszt Transfigured: Operatic Fantasies for Piano.' The disc was released on LINN Records in spring 2017 and features Liszt's operatic transcriptions completed and edited by Chiyan himself.

'I have run out of superlatives here as this really is a superb recording' - Musicweb International.