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David Tong (Piano)
Having been cited for his ‘great power’ and ‘consummate craftsmanship’ (Sunday Herald Sun), acclaimed pianist David Tong has performed virtually in all corners of his native Australia, as well as throughout New Zealand, China, the United States and Europe.
In addition to having been a frequent guest artist with the symphony orchestras of Sydney and Melbourne, David Tong has been regularly invited to appear with many of today’s top orchestras including the Hungarian Symphony Orchestra in Budapest, the Macao Symphony Orchestra, as well as with the philharmonic orchestras of Rochester, Naples (Florida), and Hong Kong, having collaborated with such conductors as Christopher Seaman, David Porcelijn and Edo de Waart to name but a few.
A recipient of a number of prestigious awards, including an Artist Fellowship from the Harold Mitchell Foundation, David Tong won the National Keyboard Final of the Symphony Australia Young Performers Award and most recently captured the silver medal at the inaugural 2008 Grand Bohemian Orlando International Piano Competition.
Recent notable engagements include a tour of Australia with all six of the country’s major orchestras, an Asian tour with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, as well as a number of solo recitals for the Melbourne and Sydney Festivals. Of significant importance in David Tong’s career was a performance with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at the 2002 Sydney Festival’s Gala Domain Concert, where he performed to an audience of more than 90,000 people. In addition to his career as a soloist, David Tong is also an avid chamber musician. He has attended the renowned Ravinia Festival’s Steans Institute for Young Artists in Chicago, and recently completed a 19-concert-tour of Australia performing with the twin cellists Pei-Jee Ng and Pei-Sian Ng.
A Melba Recordings artist, David Tong’s debut disc, featuring music of Rachmaninoff, Chopin and Liszt, was released in 2005 to great critical acclaim. A second disc entitled Phoenix Story and also on the Melba label, has just recently been released and features the cello sonatas of Rachmaninoff and Chopin in collaboration with cellists Pei-Jee and Pei-Sian Ng.
Born in Macao in 1983, David Tong migrated to Australia in 1988 and soon began taking piano lessons. Following an extensive period of study with Stephen McIntyre, he went on to study at the prominent Juilliard School of Music in New York, where he has now completed a diploma in piano performance and was awarded the Vladimir Horowitz scholarship. David Tong is currently enrolled in the Graduate Diploma program at Juilliard where he continues to work with Yoheved Kaplinsky and Matti Raekallio.