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Kristian Chong

Pianist Kristian Chong is rapidly establishing himself as one of Australia's leading musicians. Performances have taken him throughout Australia and the UK, and also in China, France, Hong Kong, Taiwan, USA, and Zimbabwe. As concerto soloist he has appeared on numerous occasions with the Adelaide, Melbourne, Queensland, Sydney and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, and various orchestras in the UK and China under conductors such as Graham Abbott, Werner Andreas Albert, Andrey Boreyko, Nicholas Braithwaite, Sebastian Lang-Lessing, Nicholas Milton, Tuomas Oillia, Marcus Stenz, Arvo Volmer and Marco Zuccarini. He has recorded and broadcast for Australian and American radio (WGBX - Boston), HKRT (Hong Kong), ABC-TV, and has appears for Musica Viva Australia. His many competition successes include winning the Symphony Australia Young Performers Award (keyboard) and the Australian National Piano Award.

Performance highlights have included the Rachmaninoff 3rd piano concerto with the Sydney Symphony, the Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a theme by Paganini with the Beijing International Festival Chorus Orchestra, and the Britten Piano Concerto with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.
Recent highlights include Mozart's Concerto for two pianos with Caroline Almonte and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Beethoven's Emperor and Saint-Saens 2nd piano concertos in the UK, Beethoven's 2nd concerto with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra, recitals in Hong Kong and Shanghai, the Huntington and Adelaide Festivals and the complete 24 Rachmaninoff Preludes at the Port Fairy Spring Music Festival.

As a highly sought after chamber musician, in 2008 he gave an six city Australian national tour with the Australian String Quartet and Ilya Konovalov (concertmaster Israel Philharmonic) performing Chausson's Concert for Violin, Piano and String Quartet. He has also performed with artists such as Teddy Tahu-Rhodes (bass-baritone), the Flinders Quartet, Caroline Almonte and Benjamin Martin (pianists), Peter Rejto (cello), Kees Boersma (double bass), violinist Niki Vasilakis and flautist Meg Sterling, principal flute of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, with whom he has given performances in Hong Kong, China and the USA. He is also in a violin-piano duo with Erica Kennedy.

Currently Kristian is based in Melbourne but until recently was based in London, where has completed studies at the Royal Academy of Music with pianists Christopher Elton and Piers Lane. He was a recipient twice of the Dip. RAM, the academy’s highest performing accolade. In Australia he studied with Stephen McIntyre at the University of Melbourne, where he is currently undertaking a PhD in performance as one of the University's prestigious 'Grimwade' Scholars. Kristian also teaches chamber music and piano at the University.

Performances in 2009 include the Shostakovich Piano Quintet with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players, 2009 Piano Landmarks Recitals, appearances with violinist Erica Kennedy, a recital for ABC-Classic FM's Sunday Live Series with violinist Natsuko Yoshimoto (concertmaster Adelaide Symphony), and recitals in Melbourne, Sydney, Ballarat and Adelaide amongst other appearances. Kristian is also working towards a debut solo disc of both sets of Op.23 and Op.32 Rachmaninoff Preludes.