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"Tong, whose cultured pianism affords unqualified pleasure throughout" Gramophone
“pianist Daniel Tong negotiates every difficulty with absolute control” Fanfare
Daniel Tong was born in Cornwall and studied in London, where he now lives. His musical life is spent performing as soloist and chamber musician, as well as directing two chamber music festivals, writing and teaching. Outside the UK he has performed in Sweden, France, Belgium and Portugal. His solo CD of works by Schubert has just been released on the Quartz label.
Daniel has appeared at many of the foremost British venues and festivals - Wigmore Hall, South Bank Centre, St Georges Bristol, Birmingham Town Hall as well as the Cheltenham, Aldeburgh and Edinburgh Festivals. He is frequently heard on BBC Radio and has broadcast throughout Europe and beyond. His latest project, 'unravelled' in collaboration with musicologist Richard Wigmore, has seen a series of lecture-recital weekends on the Beethoven and Schubert piano sonatas. The series continues throughout 2012 and 2013 at concert halls in both Oxford and Winchester and includes an analysis of Schumann’s piano output. He has also been invited to perform and discuss Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas at St. George’s Bristol, in two appearances over the coming season as part of their Beethoven Rush Hour series.
His London Bridge Ensemble has established itself as an exciting presence on the UK music scene, combining different combinations of strings, piano and voice to form challenging and inspiring programmes. They were resident for several years at the Ponte de Lima Festival in Portugal and have recorded two CDs of works by Frank Bridge for Dutton as well as Schumann for Sonimage. These releases have each been praised and recommended in the press. A further recording for Sonimage, featuring works by Fauré, was released in November. During 2012 the ensemble has returned to the Wigmore Hall, appeared at Kings Place and Goldsmiths’ Hall in London, and launched its own series “Songs without Words”. The group present their annual festival, Winchester Chamber Music Festival., in April.
Daniel has collaborated with the Navarra, Callino, Allegri, Elias and Barbirolli quartets and has a regular duo with baritone Ivan Ludlow.
Each year Daniel plays with an array of wonderful individual artists, often at his own chamber festival in the Wye Valley. Founded in 1999, the Wye Valley Chamber Music Festival attracts many of our most exciting chamber musicians to spend ten days making music in an area of outstanding natural beauty. The Festival has become a well-established and treasured event in the region’s cultural life, gaining national attention for its creative spirit and artistic vibrancy. The festival came to London recently when Daniel curated a festival of Elgar's music at Kings Place, performed by the Wye Valley Festival musicians.
Daniel studied piano with Hilary Coates at school, with Irina Zaritskaya at the Royal College of Music and with Paul Roberts at the Guildhall in London.
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