Wai Yuen Valerie WONG, piano
Born in Hong Kong, Valerie Wai Yuen Wong first enrolled at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts as a junior music student, learning with Miss Julie Kuok and is now an undergraduate under Professor Eleanor Wong, Artist-in-residence.
Wai Yuen has performed in various events: in addition to holding recitals in Hamburg, Beijing and Xiamen, she has collaborated twice with the Hong Kong Children’s Symphony Orchestra and the Hong Kong Pan Asia Symphony Orchestra as a soloist. She performed the “Magic Piano & The Chopin Shorts” at the 42nd and “Beyond Impressionism” at the 46th Hong Kong Arts Festival. She also performed a trio and solo in the ‘Grow up with Music Concert’ and performed constantly at the ‘Musica del Cuore’ series.
She has won numerous prizes in Hong Kong and overseas, including the 2nd prize in the Solo Piano Competition of the Beijing International Music Festival 2017. The 1st prize at the HKGNA Music Competition . The 2nd prize at the International Piano Competition for Yong Musicians, Enschede of the Netherlands with Press Award and Audience Award. The 3rd Prize in the 1st Korea International Competition for Young Pianists.
She also won the First Prize and Professional Grand Prize at the 75th Steinway & Sons International Youth Piano Competition in Beijing and was invited to perform at “The International Steinway Art Festival ” held in Hamburg, Germany, representing China. She was also awarded the First Prize at the 65th Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod in Wales, UK, the Asia Hong Kong Open Piano Competition and The Asian Youth Music Competition; 2nd Prize in Beijing Zhou Guang Ren Young Pianist Award. She has also performed in the piano master classes with Gary Graffman, Jerome Lowenthal, Graham Scott, Fanny Waterman, Joyce Yang, Sequeira Costa, Francois Chaplin, Alexander Braginsky, Fernando Garcia Torres, Ilya Itin , Mikhail Ruby, Saleem Ashkar, Lee Kum Sing, Jean-Claude Pennetier, Alan and Alvin Chow, Alexander Korsantia and Lang Lang.
Wai Yuen is the awardee of several scholarships, including the Cecil Leong Scholarship, the HKAPA Piano Alumni Scholarship, the Great Eagle Scholarship and Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth Fung Scholarship to attend the Boston International Music Festival.
In 2013, she was awarded the Certificate of Commendation by the Hong Kong Government for her outstanding achievements in the promotion of international arts and culture activities.