Chiyan Wong has been astonishing audiences with not just the sincerity and sheer authority of his playing, but is also fêted by critics and colleagues as a pianist who is, in the words of British pianist Stephen Hough, "exciting, original and thoughtful". Recognised by the Dutch newspaper Trouw as “possessing remarkable sophistication in his piano playing” at the age of 15 and by Korean pianist Kun-Woo Paik for having a rare “sincerity as a person which he applies to his music-making”, Wong made his Asian debut at the Hong Kong Arts Festival in March 2010. In the same year he made his debut in France at the International Music Festival in Dinard at the invitation of Paik. He was invited twice to perform for the Liszt Society of London in 2010 and 2011. In the 2010-2011 season, he gave a 15-concert recital tour in Germany. He was invited to return to Hong Kong in December 2011 to give a Liszt recital sponsored by the Radio Television Hong Kong Corporation as part of the city's celebration of the composer's bicentenary, which was broadcast live.
In 2012, Wong was invited to inaugurate a new music festival in Germany with a recital and made his Italian debut in Sacile in June. Later that month he scored an enormous success in his Singapore debut at the 19th Singapore International Piano Festival, giving a recital which earned rave reviews. In December, he made his prestigious, widely-praised debut at the Wigmore Hall in London with an all-Liszt recital. For the 2013-2014 season, Chiyan performed 17 recitals across various cities in Germany.
Wong was born in Hong Kong, where he began his piano studies at the age of six with Grace Man. He gave his first concert in Lithuania when he was 12, shortly after moving to England to pursue his studies at the Chethams School of Music under Norma Fisher. In the following years he was awarded major prizes by the Hattori Foundation in London and at the International Piano Competition in Memory of Vladimir Horowitz in the Ukraine. In 2007 he was the sole recipient of the Bernard van Zuiden Music Fund of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2010, through the recommendation of Hough, he was awarded a full scholarship to study with Christopher Elton at the Royal Academy of Music in London. In addition to his studies in London, he undertook lessons in improvisation from the French-Libanese organist, Naji Hakim, in Paris. He was unanimously awarded the First Prize at the Jaques Samuel Pianos Intercollegiate Piano Competition in 2011, and granted a full scholarship for a Masters Degree programme at the Academy. He is a recipient of the Postgraduate Performance Award by the Musicians Benevolent Fund and the ABRSM Macklin Bursary, in addition to graduating with First Class Honours at the Royal Academy. Wong is grateful to the support of Lady Valerie Solti, John Burgess and the Lee Hysan Foundation in Hong Kong. He currently resides in London.
Wong has played with conductors such as Edward Gardner and Okko Kamu. In April 2016, he made his debut with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra in Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No.2, which earned him all-round plaudits and notable recognition. His special interest is the music of Franz Liszt - he is a recent laureate at the Premio Liszt in Parma and his debut commercial recording will be released in early 2017, featuring operatic transcriptions by Franz Liszt.