Joseph Tong: Piano

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Joseph Tong has established a reputation as one of the most versatile and imaginative pianists of his generation. Much in demand as a soloist, duo pianist and chamber musician, Joseph made his London Wigmore Hall debut in 1997 as winner of the Maisie Lewis Young Artists Award and now gives regular recitals throughout the UK and abroad.

His recent Sibelius recording project has seen two CDs released on the Quartz label to widespread critical acclaim. Joseph Tong has already made several concert tours to Finland, including recitals at Ainola on the composer’s original Steinway grand piano, the Sibelius Museum in Turku, the Korpo Sibelius Festival, Helsinki Music Centre (Camerata Hall) and Hämeenlinna City Hall.

His recent CD of Schumann, recorded at the Sendesaal in Bremen, was Instrumental Choice of the month in BBC Music Magazine (November 2019) with a double five-star review as well as receiving critical praise in the Sunday Times.

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Joseph Tong

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Joseph Tong has established a reputation as one of the most versatile and imaginative pianists of his generation. Much in demand as a soloist, duo pianist and chamber musician, Joseph made his London Wigmore Hall debut in 1997 as winner of the Maisie Lewis Young Artists Award and now gives regular recitals throughout the UK and abroad.

His recent Sibelius recording project has seen two CDs released on the Quartz label to widespread critical acclaim. Joseph Tong has already made several concert tours to Finland, including recitals at Ainola on the composer’s original Steinway grand piano, the Sibelius Museum in Turku, the Korpo Sibelius Festival, Helsinki Music Centre (Camerata Hall) and Hämeenlinna City Hall.


He has broadcast for BBC Radio 3, appearing on In Tune ahead of his St John’s, Smith Square recital at which he performed an all-Sibelius programme to mark the composer’s 150th anniversary.

Other recent highlights have included recitals in Germany and Spain, at the Presteigne Festival, St David’s Hall, Cardiff, St George’s Bristol, Newport Cathedral and Hatchlands in Surrey.

His recent CD of Schumann, recorded at the Sendesaal in Bremen, was Instrumental Choice of the month in BBC Music Magazine (November 2019) with a double five-star review as well as receiving critical praise in the Sunday Times.

Joseph Tong has a keen interest in contemporary music and has given premieres of new works in his piano duo with Waka Hasegawa, Piano 4 Hands, by composers including Dai Fujikura, Nicola LeFanu, Robert Keeley, Jonathan Powell, David Matthews, Edwin Roxburgh and the late  John McCabe. Piano 4 Hands has given recitals at Wigmore Hall, the Purcell Room on the South Bank and the Cheltenham Music Festival as well as in the USA, Germany and Japan.

As soloist, he gave the premiere of ‘The Gate of Dawn’ by Cydonie Banting at the 2018 Presteigne Festival and the chamber ensemble premiere of ‘Dolly Shot’ by Gareth Moorcraft as well as working with the Estonian composer Erkki-Sven Tüür.

Joseph was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM) in 2008. Future projects include the release of a new Sibelius recording with the British violinist Fenella Humphreys on the Resonus Classics label, a rearranged Schumann CD launch concert at the Sendesaal, Bremen inspring 2022 and further recitals in Finland. He will also be commissioning a new work from David Matthews as a companion set of pieces to Sibelius’s ‘The Trees’ to perform at the Presteigne Festival in 2023. Joseph Tong is a visiting piano teacher at Wells Cathedral School and was recently appointed an adjudicator for the British and International Federation of Festivals.

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