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.
Hong Kong-born pianist Chiyan Wong has been astonishing audiences with the sincerity and authority of his playing. He was recently awarded the prestigious Grand Prix du Disque by the Franz Liszt Society in Budapest, in recognition of his critically acclaimed debut album, Liszt Transfigured: Operatic Fantasies for Piano, on Linn, which features Liszt’s operatic transcriptions, completed and edited by Wong.
In summer 2019 Wong made his recital debut at the Proms at St Jude’s in London and was featured in a duo recital with Chinese violist Diyang Mei at the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. He has made successful debuts with Okko Kamu and the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, with a performance of 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 fol- lowing season. In 2017 he returned to the Singapore International Piano Festival and was a prize-winner at the Mozarteum International Summer Academy in Salzburg, consequently performing in a recital at the Salzburg Festival that was broadcast by ORF radio.
Other debuts include the Hong Kong Arts Festival, Wigmore Hall and the Ville de Dinard International Music Festival in France. Wong was invited to return to Hong Kong for a Liszt recital, broadcast live as part of the city’s celebration of the composer’s bicentenary and sponsored by Radio Television Hong Kong, and he has also been invited to return to Singapore Symphony Orchestra for a performance of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K. 488, in 2021.
Wong has received prizes at the International Competition for Young Pianists in Memory of Vladimir Horowitz in Ukraine and Premio Zanfi in Parma, as well as from the Hattori Foundation in London. He was the recipient of an award from the Bernard van Zuiden Music Fund of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and won first prize at the Jaques Samuel Pianos Intercollegiate Piano Competition.
Wong began his piano studies in Hong Kong at the age of six with Grace Man. He moved to England to pursue his studies at Chetham’s School of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music under Norma Fisher. He later graduated from the Royal Academy of Music, where he studied with Christopher Elton. He has also studied composition with Naji Hakim in Paris.