See Siang Wong
About See Siang Wong
Swiss pianist See Siang Wong has had a versatile career, ranging from performances and recordings of core Classical-Romantic repertoire to contemporary music to cinematic selections. He has become internationally successful as a soloist, chamber musician, and accompanist. Of Chinese background, Wong was born in Arnhem, the Netherlands, on May 7, 1979. He studied in both the Netherlands and Switzerland, taking up residence and working as a teacher (at the University of Zurich) in the latter country; his Swiss Piano project is both a series of recordings on the MGB Grammont label, and a project to commission new works. He is the dedicatee of more than 30 piano works. Wong gave his debut at age 12 with the Dutch Radio Orchestra. He has performed in more than 30 countries and he has appeared at top concert halls in Amsterdam (the Concertgebouw), London (St. Martin-in-the-Fields), Zurich (the Tonhalle), Lucerne (KKL), Paris (the Salle Olivier Messiaen), Budapest (the Marble Hall), Prague (the Vila Bertramka), St. Petersburg (Philharmonic Hall), and Bogotá (Luis Ángel Arango). He has collaborated with conductors Pierre Boulez, Ralf Weikert, and Paul Griffiths, among others, leading orchestras across Europe and beyond.
Wong was signed to the Decca label in 2004 and recorded six albums for the label, featuring works by Beethoven, Haydn, Mozart, Chopin, Debussy, and Schumann (in a blind test, Swiss music critics chose his reading of the Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54, over those by Martha Argerich, Evgeny Kissin, Dinu Lipatti, and Andreas Staier). He has also recorded for the Novalis label. Wong won several Swiss recording prizes, as well as one — after signing with Sony Classical — from a Belgian music critics' group for his recording of music by Schubert. With the Gémeaux Quartet, he has recorded chamber versions of Romantic piano concertos. Wong has played and recorded various kinds of contemporary music, from works by the likes of Schoenberg, Berio, Ligeti, and Rihm, to his own piano arrangements of film scores. In 2016 these were issued by Sony in Piano Movie Lounge, Vol. 1, Piano Movie Lounge, Vol. 2 and Cinema Classics: The Piano at the Movies. Both were top European sellers, and Cinema Classics reached the number one spot on classical charts in the United Kingdom.
HOMETOWNArnhem, The Netherlands
BORNMay 7, 1979