Hailed as a “paradigm of lyricism” by the Charleston Gazette, pianist Tina Chong has established herself as an up and coming young artist in North America. After her orchestral debut at the age of nine, Tina has appeared as a guest soloist numerous times with orchestras throughout the United States, Canada, Brazil, and Mexico, including the Calgary Philharmonic, the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra, and the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra. Tina’s recital career has brought her to such venues as the Sala Chopin in Mexico City, the Sheldon Center in St. Louis, the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and the National Arts Centre and Rideau Hall in Ottawa. She’s been recently featured in the Harbor Music Festival, Lachine Festival, Young Musicians Forum, and the WFMT Series of Chicago. Her performances have been described as “…mature and yet fresh, imbued with tradition and yet inhabited by individuality, the marks of an artist.” (Peter Jacobi, The Herald Times)

Tina captured the “Best Canadian Prize” at the 2011 Montreal International Musical Competition. Winner of an impressive number of awards, she is the grand prizewinner of the 2010 CMC International Stepping Stone Competition in Canada and second prizewinner of the 2009 Jacques Klein Piano Competition in Brazil. Other top placements include the Aspen Music Festival concerto competition and the Seneca Chamber Orchestra Competition.

A native of Banff, Canada, Tina began her musical studies at the age of three. She is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music where she studied under the guidance of Angela Cheng. Tina is now pursuing an Artist Diploma and Doctorate of Music degrees at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music as a student of Arnaldo Cohen. She is a recipient of the Indiana University Chancellor’s Fellowship and is currently being supported by the Canada Council for the Arts. 


JUNE 5, 2014



Robert Schumann: Papillons, Op. 2
Igor Stravinsky: 4 Etudes, Op. 7
Alexina Louie: Memories of an Ancient Garden
Maurice Ravel: Alborada del gracioso, from Miroirs
Felix Mendelssohn: Fantasy in F-sharp Minor, Op. 28

JUNE 5, 2014


Recital: Guest Artist Sampler

Short selections by the guest artists in residence

JUNE 6, 2014


Masterclass: Alexandre Dossin

Winner of the First Prize and the Special Prize at the 2003 Martha Argerich International Piano Competition in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Alexandre Dossin will work with young artist in residence, Tina Chong. Repertoire TBA.

JUNE 6, 2014


Recital: Concerti with Young Artists in Residence

To learn the solo part of any piano concerto is hard enough, but the job is nearly impossible without a direct understanding of how the solo part interacts with the orchestra. And good orchestras aren't easy to find or afford. So pianists learn to perform a solo piano concerto by replacing the orchestra with another piano.The orchestra part is transcribed for a single pianist, or, rarely for four-hands.  In this fascinating performance by two of our Young Artists in Residence, you'll see this process at work.

Frederic Chopin: Concerto No. 2 in F Minor, op. 21 performed by Tina Chong

accompanied by the "Kramer Symphony" (Henry Kramer)

Sergei Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, op. 16 performed by Henry Kramer

accompanied by the "Chong Philharmonic" (Tina Chong)

JUNE 8, 2014


Recital: Two Concerti with Arnaldo Cohen

Pianist and Artistic Director Arnaldo Cohen will take on the challenge of two back-to-back piano concerti in the same evening! He will start the evening with the lush and impressionistic de Falla concerto, Nights in the Garden of Spain with a orchestra part transcribed for piano four-hands. The second concerto will be Mendelssohn's ebullient and romantic Piano Concerto No. 1. Maestro Cohen will be accompanied by Tina Chong and Henry Kramer.

Manuel de Falla: Nights in the Garden of Spain

accompanied by Tina Chong and Henry Kramer (four hands)

Felix Mendelssohn: Piano Concert No. 1 in G minor, op. 25

accompanied by Tina Chong