BIOGRAPHY

 

Hailed as a “complete musician – a sensitive artist and an extremely talented young pianist”, Congyu Wang is an internationally renowned soloist who has garnered acclaim as a recitalist, accompanist and chamber musician. Born in Singapore, Congyu Wang started playing the piano at the age of 3. He was selected for a scholarship that enabled him to attend the prestigious Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris, where he studied with renowned pianists Jean-Marc Luisada and Odile Catelin-Delangle. He later enrolled in the Schola Cantorum (Paris) to continue his studies with Gabriel Tacchino (who had been Francis Poulenc’s only student).

Ever since youth, Congyu Wang has enjoyed phenomenal success in international piano competitions, ultimately winning the Grand Prize in Berlin and Bordeaux. His other prizes include Vulaines-sur-Seine, Lagny-sur-Marne, Merignac and Paris. At the Chopin International Piano Competition for Young Pianists in Slovenia, Congyu was awarded 6th Prize. One of the jury members, François Weigel, believed he should have won, and resigned thereupon in protest. Congyu Wang has since made appearances in over 500 recitals in France, England, Italy, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Sweden, Reunion Island, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and other countries.

Congyu Wang is a Young Steinway Artist. Highlights of some of his performances include festival appearances at Château de la Verrerie (France), Ernen Music Festival (Switzerland), the Geza Anda Piano Festival Masterclasses (Berlin), the International Isang Yun Academy (Paris), the Mozarteum International Summer Academy in Salzburg, and the Aurora Chamber Festival in Sweden.

As an active chamber musician he performs with violinist Benjamin Brandeleer-Ligier, with whom he has founded the Francis Poulenc Duo. His music was broadcasted on French, Swiss and Singapore radios. Congyu Wang has earned a reputation for delivering stunning performances of extremely demanding repertoire. His vast repertoire includes 30 piano concertos, along with the complete solo piano oeuvre of Chopin and Poulenc.

Throughout his training in two of the most prestigious French music academies, Congyu also actively participated in a great number of masterclasses with pianists such as France Clidat, Aquiles Delle-Vigne, Olivier Cazal, Nicholas Ong, Cecile Wang, Sergio Perticaroli, Karaya Han, Françoise Thinat, Maria de Pietro, Ciao Pagano, and Igor Lazko. Amongst others, he regards conductor-pianist François Weigel, Eric Heidsieck (a student of the late Alfred Cortot) and the renowned pianist Ádám György as his long-term mentors.

 

 

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"Congyu is an extremely talented young pianist with all the artistic and musical gifts to pursue an excellent career."

Gabriel Tacchino

 

"Congyu Wang is a young pianist who connects brilliantly virtuosity to the most delicate poetry."

Francois Weigel

 

 

 

 

 

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REVIEWS

 

"A delicious moment to listen to Congyu's interpretation of the Mazurkas of Chopin, the young pianist shows us the richness of these works in depth among the boldest of the composer. With his choice to interpret 5 Improvisations of Francis Poulenc, Congyu built a harmonious program, revealing his qualities of interpretation and virtuosity. Congyu offered his audience a moment of accomplishment."

Château de la Verrerie, France

 

"A delicate artist with colorful and generous playing. I wish him a beautiful career and I would be delighted to hear him again and applaud the developments of his personality! With all my affinity."

Eric Heidsieck

 

"La vie de Wang Congyu, Singapourien de naissance, pianiste formé à Paris, est une partition faite de quelques déboires, beaucoup d’espoir et de nombreuses victoires. À 17 ans, contre la volonté de ses parents, Congyu décide de poursuivre des études de musique à Paris. Initié au piano des l’âge de 3 ans, il brûle alors d’une incandescente passion pour cet instrument, voue quasiment un culte à l’école française élevée à l’universalité et veut devenir concertiste. “J’ai découvert ma véritable vocation à l’âge de 13 ans, en même temps que j’ai rencontré le christianisme. J’étais scolarisé chez des protestants méthodistes. Un jour la lecture de la parabole des talents a agi sur moi comme une révélation. Je me devais de fructifier mes dons pour la musique, sous peine de les perdre définitivement.” À Paris, grâce à une bourse, il travaille sous la direction de Jean-Marc Luisada et Odile Catelin-Delangle à l’école normale de Musique Alfred Cortot. Sa route croise aussi celle de Gabriel Tacchino et Eric Heidsieck. Si la bourse finance les études, pour le reste, le jeune impétrant doit lever les fonds par lui-même. Il donne des cours, s’affiche sur quelques récitals, cohabite pour limiter les frais, mais, finit, un jour par se retrouver à la rue et traverse les labyrinthes de toutes les errances. “J’étais complètement démuni. Plus d’appartement, plus d’argent, pas de piano. En plus, il faisait froid. J’ai pensé alors à me suicider.” Fort heureusement, il a en lui une certitude tranquille qui exclut toute faiblesse psychologique. Ancré à une exigeante et tenace lucidité, il refuse pleurnicheries quémandeuses et dolorisme ordinaire. “Quelque chose, intimement, me disait que je pouvais m’en sortir, que je méritais mieux que ça. Alors j’ai prié. J’ai même préparé un examen en pianotant sur une simple table durant une grande partie de la nuit et j’ai réussi.” Il garde la raison et la foi sans jamais perdre le cœur, goûte à la solidarité des humbles, la fraternité des rejeté et finit par passer de la misère promise au bonheur rêve. Il réussit les concours (notamment le Concours Européen pour Jeunes), truste les grands prix, participe à des concerts et festivals un peu partout en Europe sous la houlette des maitres tels Donka Miteva, Nicolas Nebout, Inaki Encina ou encore Benjamin Zander, directeur musical du Philarmonique de Boston. “Dieu est ma force” Il aime Debussy, Chopin, Schumann et met un point d’honneur à les servir par un investissement personnel fort, une sensibilité particulièrement juste. Au clavier, Congyu affiche de la grâce dans le geste, de la légèreté dans l’efficacité. À La Réunion, ce virtuous de 20 ans, commence à se sentir un peu comme chez lui. “C’est mon troisième séjour depuis le début de l’année. Je viens régulièrement, pour revoir ma fiancée. Nous nous somme rencontrés à Paris l’an dernier.” Profitant de deux semaines des vacances, il donnera un concert mardi soir (à partir de 19 heures) au temple “Salut et Guérison” de la rue de Gaulle à Saint-Denis. Ses compositeurs favoris seront, bien évidemment, au programme, mais il interprètera également quelques pièces du répertoire religieux. “Je rends grâce à Dieu chaque jour pour tout ce qui m’arrive. Avec lui on peut grandir. Je veux être un témoignage vivant de la lumière de Jésus-Christ. Dieu est ma force. Cette force résonne dans le grand orchestre de sa vie."

Wang Congyu : le talent, la persévérance et la foi

Le Journal de l'ile de la Réunion

“Among the other unique pieces, I find Congju Wang's final selection, Les Chemins de l'amour, exceptionally beautiful. Interestingly, Wang's notes quote Poulenc, in boldface type, "As for the use of pedals, that is the great secret behind my piano music. One can never use enough pedal! Never enough!" It is not possible to express this more forcefully, so one can certainly give Wang credit for internalizing this. As for Wang's legato, this is perhaps the basis for the word Charme, which was suggested to him as the title of his CD. A pleasurable recital.” 

CD review from Classical.net (KNS Classical A/040 57:55)

“The piano music of Frenchman Francis Poulenc (1899-1963) comes from a bygone era, filled with the song-like charm of the Belle Epoque and influenced by popular trends of the day in Gay Paree. His persona was both rascal and saint, displaying seemingly contradictory facets of his life: a bon vivant with a deep inner spirituality informed by his Roman Catholic faith. 
This album brings together his most popular works for piano; the witty Trois Mouvements Perpetuels, with the quintessential characteristics which are further delved into in his Three Novelettes and Three Intermezzos. 
Young Singaporean pianist Wang Congyu studied in Paris with Gabriel Tacchino, the composer's only formal student. His playing is elegant and refined, an excellent introduction to Poulenc's uniquely personal sound world.
The 15 Improvisations are delectable and include a waltz in homage to Schubert and a heartfelt homage to songstress Edith Piaf.
Poulenc's genuine gift of melody comes across most sympathetically in Melancolie, which at five minutes is his longest piano piece, and the chanson Les Chemins De L'Amour (The Paths Of Love). The latter was never notated, but improvised from the song itself."  

Straits Times CD Review (4.5/5 stars), November11, 2015

 

"Poulenc piano music needs assured technique and a very clear sense of phrasing. The biggest challenge for the interpreter is to find a balance between exuberance and good taste and this he did excellently. "  

D & M Music Studio, Bangkok Thailand, November 2015

 

"A delicious moment to listen to Congyu’s interpretation of the Mazurkas of Chopin, the young pianist shows us the richness of these works in depth among the boldest of the composer. With his choice to interpret 5 Improvisations of Francis Poulenc, Congyu built a harmonious program, revealing his qualities of interpretation and virtuosity. Congyu offered his audience a moment of accomplishment."

 Chateau de la Verrerie, April 2012

" This recital summed up in a word: Charming. ”

Chang Tou Liang, Straits Times Life Magazine, November 2015

"A delicate artist with colourful and generous playing. I wish him a beautiful career and I would be delighted to hear him again and applaud the developments of his personality!"

Eric Heidsieck 

 

 

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