Lunchtime Concert with Joseph Tong
Thu 30 Jan 2020
Joseph Tong enjoys a busy and varied career as soloist, duo pianist, chamber musician, Festival Director 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 followed by his first CD recording at Hurstwood Farm Studios in Kent the following year. 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 this summer. Joseph also took part in the Sibelius150 celebrations in Finland in 2015, giving recitals at the Helsinki Music Centre, Hämeenlinna Town Hall and at Ainola. His first Sibelius CD recording on the Quartz label was released the same year, to critical acclaim in the UK and abroad.
Joseph Tong has broadcast for BBC Radio 3, appearing on In Tune ahead of his all-Sibelius recital at St John’s Smith Square in 2015, whilst other recent highlights have included KlosterKonzerte in
St Blasien, Germany, St David’s Hall Cardiff, St George’s Bristol, The Jacqueline du Pré Music Building in Oxford and Newport Cathedral.
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 and festivals including Buxton, Cheltenham, Chichester, 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 recently commissioned a new work from David Matthews which they premiered at this year’s Cheltenham Music Festival.
Joseph Tong was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM) in 2008 and appointed visiting teacher at Wells Cathedral School the same year. www.josephtong.co.uk