Artist Profile – Daniel Tong
Daniel Tong enjoys an active musical life as both soloist and chamber musician, overseeing two chamber music festivals while curating festivals in Wye Valley and playing regularly alongside artists such as Ivan Ludlow, Mary Bevan, Stephan Loges and Clare Presland.
He has performed at many acclaimed British venues and festivals, such as Wigmore Hall, Southbank Centre, St Georges Bristol and Birmingham Town Hall as well as at Cheltenham, Aldeburgh and Edinburgh Festivals.
Early Life and Education
Daniel Tong first gained public notice as a finalist in the BBC Young Musicians competition (more years ago than he cares to remember). Since then his musical life has included performances at Kings Place and St Martin-in-the-Fields in London as well as chamber music concerts at Wigmore Hall.
Director and member of London Bridge Trio. His recording Beethoven Plus with violinist Krysia Osostowicz received significant critical acclaim; The Guardian described his masterly pianism while BBC Music Magazine awarded it 5 stars.
He has collaborated with many artists and frequently gives masterclasses both domestically and abroad. Furthermore, he serves as coach at both Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and its Junior Department (RCM).
Daniel Tong divides his musical life among performing solo and chamber works, leading a quartet, directing two chamber music festivals and teaching. He has given concerto performances at both St Martin-in-the-Fields and Kings Place in London as well as performing them regularly on BBC Radio. Furthermore, Daniel leads London Bridge Ensemble, which has released multiple discs through Quartz label.
His project Beethoven Plus involves curating a series of lecture-recital weekends on Beethoven piano sonatas. Additionally, he has an affinity for song accompaniment and collaborates with several notable artists including Ivan Ludlow and Mary Bevan.
He is also an internationally recognized environmental scientist, having developed the dust module FENGSHA for NOAA’s air quality forecasting system, enabling global assessments of how anthropogenic and natural emissions influence local air quality and cause societal damages.
Achievement and Honors
Daniel performs both solo and chamber music performances and also serves as director for two piano festivals and teaches. He has appeared at many renowned British venues and festivals such as Wigmore Hall, South Bank Centre, St Georges Bristol Town Hall Birmingham Town Hall as well as Cheltenham Aldeburgh and Edinburgh Festivals.
He has collaborated with an array of musicians, from the Elias, Navarra and Heath quartets to baritone Ivan Ludlow. Additionally, he regularly duo partners with violinist Krysia Osostowicz with whom he recorded the complete Beethoven sonata cycle for SOMM Records in 2017.
Beyond teaching, he has also founded his own Wye Valley chamber music festival where leading musicians gather for ten days to make music in an area of remarkable natural beauty. Additionally, he presents study sessions such as his long-running “Discovery Day”, as well as series dedicated to Beethoven piano sonatas at Kings Place in London.
Daniel combines being both father and husband with being an accomplished musician who directs two chamber music festivals in Cornwall with his wife, daughter Evangeline, and cat Celia.
He performs regularly at Wigmore Hall and Kings Place in London and serves as Head of Piano Chamber Music at Birmingham Conservatoire. In recent seasons he has toured Europe and the US while recording for Quartz Classics, Resonus Classics, Dutton as well as working alongside Elias, Navarra, Callino Quartets as well as singers such as Ivan Ludlow Mary Bevan and Stephan Loges.
He has also organized mini-festivals of Elgar’s music at King’s Place and presented lecture-recitals of Beethoven sonatas both in London and St Georges Bristol. Furthermore, he founded and directs the Wye Valley Chamber Music Festival.
As an experienced businessperson, Tong has developed the skill of keeping his finances under wraps; yet his growing social media following speaks to his influence and popularity.
His dedication to supporting new DJ and musical talent has enabled many emerging acts to find their niche audience, while compilation album royalties, events like Miami Music Week and Pacha residency provide him with a steady source of income.
He oversees two chamber music festivals and performs as a soloist. In 2015, he collaborated with violinist Krysia Osostowicz for Beethoven Plus: performing all ten sonatas alongside newly composed pieces by contemporary composers; both The Guardian and BBC Music Magazine gave it five-star reviews! This project is of immense cultural importance.