|Wong See Siang, The Netherlands, 2008|
Tour Dates: 9 Jul - 21 Jul, 2008
"Wong plays the popular waltzes with an astonishing ease and brilliance. At the same time, the Nocturnes are being played with meditative devotion, like it is being recited. Chopin inspired by a Far Eastern Culture - a truly exciting affair! |
See Siang Wong
Described by the Neue Zürcher Zeitung as a "sophisticated sound painter”, the Chinese pianist See Siang Wong was born in
See Siang Wong has given concerts throughout Europe (
Milestones of his career include performances with high-calibre conductors like Pierre Boulez (Webern “Concerto”, Berio “ O King”, Boulez “Dérive I” at the Lucerne Festival), Ralf Weikert (Mozart Piano concerto No. 23, KV 488 at the Tonhalle Zurich), Howard Griffiths (Mozart Piano concerto No. 12, KV 414 with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra) and Gunhard Mattes (Beethoven Piano concerto No. 3, Op. 37). As an interpreter of contemporary music he has collaborated with many leading composers, including Emmanuel Nunes, Marco Stroppa, James Dillon and Rudolf Kelterborn. A set of Rudolf Kelterborn's piano pieces has been dedicated to him.
See Siang Wong has recorded for Radio
Upcoming releases will include recordings of the “Oiseaux Exotiques” piano concerto of Olivier Messiaen, the complete piano solo works of Emmanuel Nunes, the piano pieces of Rudolf Kelterborn, and the piano sonatas by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
As an artist, See Siang Wong is supported by the Prince Bernhard Cultural Foundation, The Friedl-Wald Foundation, Migros Kulturprozent, The Marguerite Meister Foundation and the Yehudi Menuhin Foundation. In 2006, See Siang Wong joined a distinguished list of concert pianists when he was recognized as a “Steinway Artist” by the venerable piano maker Steinway & Sons.
See Siang Wong has been teaching at the Zurich University of Arts since 2002. He is also a regular guest professor at the
See Siang Wong studied piano in
"See Siang Wong explores his ancestral roots to Asian philosophies through the music of Claude Debussy. A new perspective that should be followed."
"Young Dutch pianist See Siang Wong approaches Debussy with a clear sonority, with delicate colours and an obvious empathy for this beautiful music."
"See Siang Wong's playing is quick, so quick that it feels like you're nearing the abyss. But at the same time it is so light, that the menacing abyss never looks menacing at all."
"See Siang Wong is a master of the elegant and brilliant-pearling piano play. Confidently, he stylistically brings eight waltzes of Frederic Chopin to the representation, and for the following six Nocturnes, his play also captures the pensive-darker sound nuances of the Nocturnes. "