New Piano Generation : Ryan Wang

31 March 2023 – 8:30pm

This concert will be broadcasted in live on FLV Play, and available in replay on FLV Play and Radio Classique.

Ever faithful to its vocation to seek out the great pianists of the future, the Fondation has invited young Canadian pianist Ryan Wang to perform his first recital in France. At 15 years old, Wang is set to embark on a most promising career, which began at a very young age: he gave his first recital at Carnegie Hall when he was only 5 years old.

But age means nothing when it comes to talent, and his ambitious programme is clear evidence of that. As well as some of the finest works by Liszt and Chopin, which require as much expression as virtuoso dexterity, Wang also presents a reduction of Ravel’s stunning ballet La Valse, renowned to be devilishly difficult. Alongside these musical monuments, the young pianist performs pieces by Haydn. The Fondation is delighted to bring audiences an opportunity to discover the delicate poetry and unsettling beauty of these wonderful compositions.

The artist

Ryan Wang

Ryan Wang, 14 years old, from Vancouver Canada, started playing piano at the age of four, and performed his first solo recital at the age of six. Since then, he has continued his successful performance and competition appearances. In 2013, he began his musical studies under the tutelage of Professor Lee Kum Sing and Dr. Sunsung Kong. Currently, he is studying on a music scholarship with Mr. Gareth Owen at Eton College in the UK, as well as with Ms. Jia Zhong in France.

Ryan has recorded for numerous radio stations as well as performed at many prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, on the Ellen deGeneres Show, Fazioli Concert Hall, RTHK radio 4 in HongKong, CCTV 4 (China), CBC Music and live on FM96.3 Toronto’s Radio Station at Zoomer Hall. He was invited to perform as part of the cultural component of Canada’s participation in the APEC Summit in Beijing, 2014, and he was also invited to perform a private recital in the Canadian Prime Minister’s home. He has performed solo recitals in Italy, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Canada, USA, Poland and the UK. As a soloist, he has performed with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Singapore Chinese Orchestra, Toronto Festival Orchestra, Xiamen Philharmonic Orchestra, Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra, and the West Coast Symphony Orchestra. He is also a successful chamber musician.

Among his awards are the First Prize and Judges Distinction in the American Protégé Piano and Strings competition and the AADGT Passion of Music Competition as well as wins in the 2014 Canadian Music Competition, 2019 Seattle International Piano Competition, 2019 Edith Lando Gifted Youth Competition, 2021 Young Euregio Piano Award Competition, 2021 Gustav Mahler Piano Competition, the 29th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition for Youth in Szafarnia Poland, 2022 Chicago International Music Competition, 2022 Paderewski International Piano Competition, and the 2022 International Piano Competition ‘SAMSON FRANCOIS’. In the summers of 2015-2019, Ryan participated in the Casalmaggiore International Music Festival in Italy where he gave solo recitals and performed concertos with the Festival Orchestra. He was the recipient of the Gabora Prize in 2017 and the Audience Favorite Award of Best Musician in 2019. In 2017 and 2019, Ryan was also the recipient of the Emerging Artist Grant from the Vancouver Academy of Music. 

The programme

Joseph Haydn
Sonate n°60, en do majeur, Hob. XVI:50
Franz Liszt
Réminiscences de Norma S.394
Frédéric Chopin
Trois Mazurkas, op.59
Frédéric Chopin
Nocturne, op.62, n°1
Frédéric Chopin
Ballade n°4, op. 52
Maurice Ravel
La Valse

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