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Trinity Music presents: Joseph Tong Piano Recital
Friday 15 September 2017
Mitre Theatre, Trinity School, Croydon
Programme for the evening:
Grieg Stimmungen Op. 73
Schumann Fantasie in C major Op. 17
Sibelius Valse Triste Op. 44
Sibelius 5 Characteristic Impressions Op. 103
Sibelius Sonata in F major Op. 12
Joseph Tong enjoys a busy and varied career as soloist, duo pianist, chamber musician, Festival Director, writer and teacher. He studied at Wells Cathedral School, Cambridge University and the Royal Academy of Music, where his teachers were Hilary Coates and Christopher Elton.
Joseph made his Wigmore Hall debut in 1997 as winner of the Maisie Lewis Young Artists Award and made his first CD recording at Hurstwood Farm Studios in Kent the following year. Other competition successes include prizes at the ISM Sheffield Piano Competition, the St Charles International Piano Competition in the USA and 1st Prize in the John Lill Awards in 1996. Joseph has given recitals at St John’s, Smith Square, Steinway Hall (for the Keyboard Trust) the Chopin Society and other London venues including St Martin-in-the-Fields, St James's Piccadilly and the Parliament Chamber, Inner Temple.
He gives regular solo recitals throughout the UK and Europe, most recently in Germany, Spain and Finland where he performed at the Steinway Piano Gallery in Helsinki, Sibelius’s home Ainola and at the Sibelius Museum in Turku. He has also broadcast for BBC Radio 3, appearing on In Tune ahead of his all-Sibelius recital at St John’s Smith Square in 2015. Other recent concerts have included the Guildford International Music Festival, St David’s Hall Cardiff, St George’s Bristol, The Jacqueline du Pré Music Building in Oxford and Fairfield Halls, Croydon.
Joseph has given recital and concerto performances in Portugal (for the British Council), Italy, Japan, USA, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore and regularly plays on cruise ships for Fred. Olsen. A longstanding and highly successful piano duo with the Japanese pianist Waka Hasegawa (Piano 4 Hands) has led to broadcasts for BBC Radio 3, WFMT Radio in the USA and recitals at major venues such as Wigmore Hall, The Purcell Room, Bridgewater Hall Manchester, St David’s Hall Cardiff, St George’s Bristol and festivals including Buxton, Cheltenham, Oundle and Presteigne. Piano 4 Hands has made a series of critically acclaimed CD recordings on the Quartz label of Debussy, Schubert and John McCabe. Joseph Tong and Waka Hasegawa are founders and Co-Directors of the Bristol International Piano Duo Festival and recently commissioned a new work from David Matthews which they premiered at this year’s Cheltenham Music Festival.
Joseph joined the teaching staff at Trinity School in 2005. He was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM) in 2008 and appointed visiting teacher at Wells Cathedral School the same year. Future engagements include a recital and CD launch at St John's, Smith Square in London, concerts at St George's Bristol, Hatchlands in Surrey, the Presteigne Festival and a Schumann CD recording and recital at the Sendesaal in Bremen in 2018.