Born in Hong Kong and based in Berlin, pianist Chiyan Wong's audacity and vision have captivated listeners, in a repertoire ranging from the early Baroque to the 21st century.
Chiyan completed and edited the transcriptions presented in his critically acclaimed debut album, Liszt Transfigured: Operatic Fantasies for Piano (LINN Records), which was awarded the 40th Franz Liszt International Grand Prix du Disque by the Franz Liszt Society in Hungary. He has recently released his second album, which features his combination of Bach's Goldberg Variations with Busoni’s edition of the same work.
Highlights in 2020-2021 season include his return to Hong Kong, in performances with the Hong Kong Philharmonic and maestro Christoph Koncz and his Hungarian debut with the Danubia Orchestra Óbuda, in Thomas Adès’ Piano Concerto, at the Liszt Academy in Budapest.
Chiyan came to international attention in earlier debuts at festivals such as the International Music Festival in Dinard, France, the Hong Kong Arts Festival, and the Singapore International Piano Festival, where he has been a frequent guest. He was a prizewinner at the International Mozarteum Summer Academy in Salzburg, and made his debut in London's Wigmore Hall with an all-Liszt recital.
Having begun his musical education in his native Hong Kong, Chiyan moved to England aged twelve to study with Norma Fisher, and subsequently, with Christopher Elton at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Chiyan's interest in composition have led him to work with Thomas Adès at the Prussia Cove International Musicians’ Seminar, as well as private studies in counterpoint with Naji Hakim in Paris. These encounters have left a strong mark on Chiyan’s musical work. Recently, Chiyan completed his doctorate on Busoni at the Royal Academy of Music in London, with the generous support of the Lee Hysan Foundation.