One of Australia’s leading pianists, Kristian Chong has performed throughout Australia and the UK, and in China, France, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong,Taiwan, USA, and Zimbabwe. His wide-ranging performance schedule finds him equally at home as concerto soloist, chamber musician and recitalist.
As soloist he has performed with the Adelaide, Melbourne, Queensland, Sydney and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, and orchestras in the UK, New Zealand and China with conductors such asWernerAndreasAlbert,Andrey Boreyko, Nicholas Braithwaite, Jessica Cottis, Roy Goodman, Sebastian Lang-Lessing, Nicholas Milton, Benjamin Northey, Tuomas Hannikainen, Marcus Stenz, ArvoVolmer and Marco Zuccarini. Highlights include Rachmaninoff ’s 3rd with the Sydney Symphony, Rachmaninoff ’s Paganini Rhapsody in Beijing and Canberra, Britten with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and Ravel’s Left Hand concerto in Melbourne (Australian Youth Orchestra) and Dunedin (Dunedin Symphony Orchestra).
A highly sought after chamber musician, Kristian’s collaborations include the Tinalley and Australian String Quartets, violinists Sophie Rowell, Dale Barltrop, Natsuko Yoshimoto, cellist Li Wei Qin and baritone Teddy Tahu Rhodes, with whom he has recorded with ABC-Classics. Other performances include violinists Ilya Konovalov, Vadim Gluzman and Jack Liebeck, clarinetist Michael Collins and cellist Guy Johnston amongst many others. His festival appearances include the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, the Adelaide, Huntington Estate, Bangalow and Mimir Chamber Music Festivals. Other highlights include the Xing Hai Festival (Guangzhou), Australian Music Week on Gulangyu Island (Xiamen) with the Melbourne Symphony, the complete Rachmaninoff Preludes at the Port Fairy Spring Music Festival, and piano trios and the BeethovenTriple Concerto with Yoshimoto and Qin.
Kristian studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Piers Lane & Christopher Elton, and with Stephen McIntyre at the University of Melbourne where Kristian currently teaches piano and chamber music.