Vanessa Wong Wai-yin
Praised by Gramophone magazine for “impressive…innate musicality and technical mastery”, young Steinway Artist pianist Wong Wai-yin was the recipient of a number of international awards. She was the youngest First Prize Winner of the Southern Highlands International Piano Competition in Australia, Second Prize Winner of the 17th Hilton Head International Piano Competition in the US, and was the youngest Gold Medal winner in the 7th International Competition for Young Pianists in Memory of Vladimir Horowitz with five special prizes.
Wong has appeared in solo performances with a number of orchestras including the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Canberra Symphony Orchestra of Australia, National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, New Haifa Symphony Orchestra of Israel, the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, Yale Philharmonia and Macao Orchestra.
She has given recitals at the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam, Salle Cortot in Paris, Steinway Hall and Carnegie Hall in New York, and Poly Theatres in Beijing, and was also invited to give opening recitals at the Newport International Festival in the US, the 39th and the 46th Hong Kong Arts Festivals, and the Hong Kong City Hall Virtuosi Series. Solo recitals have also been presented in Brisbane, Canberra, Washington D.C., Chicago, Vancouver, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Egypt. She is an active chamber musician and has performed frequently with members of the Chamber Music Society of Yale Club of Hong Kong.
In 2019, Wong released her debut CD on the Naxos label: Liszt’s Transcriptions from Operas by Auber and Verdi.
Wong completed the Artist Diploma program at the Yale School of Music. Before that, she completed her Bachelor of Music degree with First-class honours at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, and Master of Music Degree at the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University. Her teachers include Gabriel Kwok, Hui Ling, Boris Slutsky and Boris Berman.
Wong was the recipient of the Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance Fund, Lady Fung Scholarship, and the Asian Cultural Council Scholarship. She was awarded a Certificate of Commendation by the Hong Kong Government in recognition of her outstanding achievements in the promotion of international arts and culture activities.