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.
Pianist Chiyan Wong’s audacity and vision have captivated listeners in repertoire ranging from the early Baroque to the twenty-first century, nuanced in particular by his interest in the music of Franz Liszt and Ferruccio Busoni. In recognition of his critically-acclaimed debut album Liszt Transfigured: Operatic Fantasies for Piano on Linn, he was awarded the prestigious 40th Grand Prix du Disque in 2018 by the Franz Liszt Society in Budapest, Hungary. The album features Liszt’s operatic transcriptions completed and edited by Wong himself.
Wong has performed at the Hong Kong Arts Festival, Wigmore Hall, London, the International Music Festival in Dinard, France, and the Singapore International Piano Festival, where he has been a frequent guest. He has appeared as soloist with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra on several occasions and in 2017 was a prizewinner at the Mozarteum International Summer Academy in Salzburg.
Wong began his musical studies in his native hometown of Hong Kong and moved to England to further his studies at the Chetham’s School of Music and Royal Northern College of Music under Norma Fisher. His interest in composition has led him to studies with Thomas Adès at the Prussia Cove International Musicians Seminar, as well as private studies with Naji Hakim in Paris. He graduated from the Royal Academy of Music, where he worked with Christopher Elton.