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Music Faculty : Wong See Siang
The Swiss newspaper Neue Zürcher Zeitung described the Dutch-born pianist See Siang Wong as a “subtle painter of sound”. He has been awarded numerous prizes and has quickly advanced to become an internationally sought soloist, chamber musician and accompanist.
See Siang Wong studied with Marjès Benoist in Holland and with Homero Francesch and Bruno Canino in Switzerland. He pursued further studies in accompaniment with Irwin Gage, Hans Adolfsen and Daniel Fueter and also studied contemporary music with composer Felix Baumann.
He made his debut at the mere age of twelve with the Dutch Radio Orchestra. He has since performed in numerous renowned venues in over 25 countries throughout Europe, Asia, Central and South America and Middle East, including Tonhalle Zurich, KKL Lucerne, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, St. Martin in the Fields London, Salle Olivier Messiaen Paris, Bertramka Prague, Marble Hall Budapest, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Hall and many more. He also makes regular guest appearances at leading international music festivals. Among the highlights of his artistic career have been concerts with top-ranking conductors, including Pierre Boulez, Ralf Weikert and Howard Griffiths. His interest in contemporary music has led to collaborations with leading composers such as Emmanuel Nunes, Marco Stroppa, James Dillon and Rudolf Kelterborn.
See Siang Wong's performances have been recorded by many radio and television stations. He has made four exclusive solo albums with music of Schumann, Mozart, Debussy and Chopin for the famous Decca Label, which received high praise by the critics. Other recordings were issued by Deutsche Grammophon, Novalis (2 Albums with Piano Concertos of Mozart, Beethoven and Schumann), Guild (Piano Works of Nunes and Kelterborn), Zhdk Records (Messiaen's Piano Concerto “Oiseaux Exotiques”), Liverpool Records and Rose. The recordings of Chopin, Mozart and Schumann (Decca) and his recording of Schumann’s Piano Concerto and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 6 (Piano Arrangement of the Violin Concerto) were honored with the “Swiss Classical Highlight” Award.
The 2009/2010 season will feature two new Decca CD releases: Beethoven’s famous piano sonatas (Pathétique, Moonlight, Waldstein) and Haydn’s D-Major piano concerto and Mozart’s piano concerto KV 414 (accompanied by the Winterthur Symphony Orchestra, the oldest symphony orchestra of Switzerland). In 2009 he initiated the project “Swiss Piano” which promotes the creation of new piano compositions; many famous Swiss contemporary composers have already contributed to this project.
See Siang Wong has taught at the Zurich University of the Arts since 2002. He held a Guest Professorship from 2006 until 2008 at the University of Lucerne. He gives masterclasses in Switzerland and abroad, and is among the exclusive circle of Steinway & Sons Artists.
See Siang Wong makes his home in Switzerland today.
Wong See Siang
Visiting Artist : Piano