Adjudicator 2009


Kristian Chong


One of Australia's leading pianists, Kristian Chong has performed throughout Australia and the UK, and in China, France, Hong Kong, Taiwan, USA, and Zimbabwe. As soloist he has appeared with the Adelaide, Melbourne, Queensland, Sydney and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, and orchestras in the UK and China with conductors such as Werner Andreas Albert, Andrey Boreyko, Nicholas Braithwaite, Roy Goodman, Sebastian Lang-Lessing, Nicholas Milton, Tuomas Ollila, Marcus Stenz, Arvo Volmer and Marco Zuccarini. His competition successes include the Symphony Australia Young Performers Award (keyboard) and the Australian National Piano Award.

Concerto highlights have included Rachmaninoff 3rd with the Sydney Symphony, the Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a theme by Paganini in Beijing, and Britten with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. Recent concerto highlights include Mozart with Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Beethoven's 2nd with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra, and Shostakovich 2nd, Chopin 2nd, Rachmaninoff 3rd and Beethoven's Emperor in Melbourne.

A highly sought after chamber musician, recent collaborations include Australian and Asian tours with the Australian String Quartet, performances with violinists Natsuko Yoshimoto, Elizabeth Layton (ex-concertmaster BBC Scottish), Ilya Konovalov, (concertmaster Israel Philharmonic), Tinalley and Flinders Quartets, and cellists Gabriel Schwabe and Guy Johnston. He recently performed at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music and made a return appearance at the Huntington Estate Music Festival for Musica Viva Australia. In addition, Kristian debuted last year for ABC-Classics with baritone Teddy Tahu-Rhodes. Other recent solo and chamber highlights include the Adelaide Festival, Adelaide International Cello Festival, the Xing Hai Festival in Guangzhou, the Port Fairy Spring Music Festival, where Kristian performed the complete Rachmaninoff Preludes and piano trios and the Beethoven Triple Concerto with Yoshimoto and Li-Wei Qin.

Kristian studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London with Piers Lane and Christopher Elton, and earlier with Stephen McIntyre at the University of Melbourne where Kristian currently teaches piano and chamber music.