Daniel Tong - piano

Daniel Tong enjoys a varied and diverse career, primarily as a chamber music pianist but also as soloist, song accompanist, teacher, writer and festival director. Gramophone magazine have described him as “an extraordinarily sympathetic Schubertian” and his first solo CD of music by Schubert was released on the Quartz label. He has broadcast many times on BBC Radio 3, including solo works by Janacek and Bridge. He has performed series of lecture-recitals on Beethoven's piano sonatas at St George's Bristol and curated festivals of music by Dvorak, Elgar and Beethoven at Kings Place in London.

As chamber musician, aside from his life with the London Bridge Trio, Daniel has collaborated with the Elias, Heath, Navarra, Dante and Callino quartets. He is founder of the Wye Valley Chamber Music Festival and the Winchester Chamber Music Festival. He has recently recorded the Brahms cello sonatas with Robin Michael for Resonus Classics, on a Blüthner piano chosen by Brahms himself in the 1890s. In 2016 he also recorded works for violin and piano by Fauré and David Matthews for Deux-Elles (with Sara Trickey). Both of these CDs are due for release later this year. Daniel is lucky to play with an array of inspiring partners, often at his chamber festivals in Winchester and Wye.

In 2015 'Beethoven Plus' commissioned ten new works to partner the ten Beethoven sonatas for violin and piano. Daniel premiered the cycle at Kings Place in London with Krysia Osostowicz and their duo has since performed this fascinating and inspiring set around the country, including St George's, Bristol, Cambridge and Sheffield Universities and the Sound Festival in Aberdeen. They record the cycle throughout 2017 for SOMM records.

With ‘Music Discovery Live’, Daniel collaborates several times each year with musicologist Richard Wigmore on study sessions and concerts. These projects have included explorations of solo works by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann and more, as well as many chamber music masterpieces. His passion for song accompaniment has led to work with Ivan Ludlow, Mary Bevan, Stephan Loges, Clare Presland and others. Daniel loves teaching and is Head of Piano in Chamber Music at the Birmingham Conservatoire as well as chamber music coach at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

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