Sunday 04 August, 5pm
Lawrence Wong brings us a programme featured around some of Nikolai Medtner’s Forgotten Melodies. Medtner is a significant Russian composer whose works are very seldom heard. Following his death his great skill as a piano composer was all but forgotten for a quarter of a century. It will be a privilege to hear some of his pieces come out of obscurity in our very special Musical Museum. Alongside Medtner’s poetic and wistful works we will hear pieces by Beethoven, Chopin, and Medtner’s contemporary, Scriabin.
Born in Hong Kong and raised in Auckland, Lawrence completed his BMus (Classical Piano Performance)/ BSc (Medicinal Chemistry) conjoint degree at the University of Auckland under the tutelage of Qu Yong and Bryan Sayer. He is now back from America after recently completing his MMus degree with a Distinction Award with full scholarship at Lee University, studying under Professor Cahill Smith.
Over the past few years Lawrence has won several prizes and scholarships in regional and national competitions in New Zealand. In addition, he has competed in several Australasian and International Competitions, notably the Kerikeri International Piano Competition 2010 (Prize-winner), Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition 2011 (Semi-finalist), 6th China International Piano Competition 2013, the 3rd Asia-Pacific International Chopin Piano Competition 2015 (Semi-finalist), the 14th International George Enescu Piano Competition 2016, and the 4th China Shenzhen International Piano Concerto Competition 2017.
He has participated in masterclasses by Hiroko Nakamura, Michael Houstoun, Christopher Elton, Natasha Vlassenko, Ilya Rashkovskiy, Kalle Randalu, Pei-Chun Liao, Chih-Long Hu, Cathal Breslin, Ryan Fogg, and Guillermo Gonzalez. In addition, he has received private lessons from notable pedagogues such as J.Y. Song, Gabriel Kwok, MinJung Baek, Daniel Shapiro, Roberto Plano, and Jerome Lowenthal.
He was invited by the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office to perform in February 2016. He won second prize at the University of Memphis International Piano Competition and Festival in 2017. This year, he was awarded seven institutional acceptances with leading music schools (Cincinnati College-Conservatory, Cleveland Institute, Indiana Bloomington, San Francisco, Manhattan, Mannes, Peabody). Lawrence will be pursuing a one-year Performer Diploma (Solo Piano Performance) at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music next fall, where he will be studying with Professor Emile Naoumoff.