The Goldberg Variations • Solo Piano Recital by Chiyan Wong
“Jaw-dropping and spine-tingling pianistic mayhem… This is how legends are made.”
The Straits Times
“Beyond the dazzling technical finish he brings to these fiendishly challenging pieces, most striking is Wong’s sincerity of purpose.”
“I have run out of superlatives here… Mr. Wong’s playing is phenomenal.”
Hong Kong-born, Berlin-based pianist Chiyan Wong makes a long-awaited return this October with a programme centred around his own combination of Bach’s iconic and enigmatic Goldberg Variations with Busoni’s edition of the same work, the very subject of his latest recording that had Gramophone proclaiming him “an instrumentalist of truly remarkable gifts”.
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. He 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. In Singapore, Wong has stunned audiences with two outstanding recitals at the Singapore International Piano Festival (2012, 2017) and a stupendous performance of Prokofiev’s fiendish Piano Concerto No.2 with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra in 2016.
RAVEL – Prelude and Minuet from Tombeau de Couperin
BACH – Goldberg Variations, BWV 988
CHOPIN – Mazurka in C-sharp minor, Op. 63 No. 3
BUSONI – Nine Variations on a Chopin Prelude, BV 213a 
(Programme subject to change at the artist’s discretion)