Praised as “Fantastic, excellent player” by Gerard Schwarz, Conductor of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and Music Director of Eastern Music Festival. Hong Kong concert saxophonist Tak Chiu Wong (黃德釗) is an international soloist, chamber musician andeducator.
Wong has been invited to perform extensively as a soloist throughout Asia and United States. It includes collaborations with the Hong Kong Band Directors Wind Orchestra, University of Wyoming Symphony Orchestra, the West Virginia University Symphony Orchestra, and the Hong Kong Wind Orchestra, etc.
As a chamber and also orchestral musician, he has been performed with several ensembles and orchestras over 14 countries. It includes 4UNLIKE, Amigo Saxophone Quartet, La Sax, Hong Kong Saxophone Ensemble, Asian Contemporary Ensemble, Hong Kong Symphonic Winds, Hong Kong Wind Philharmonia, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, and Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, etc.
Besides playing traditional classical music, Wong is also passionate in developing contemporary music from the works of living composers in Asia. He has been commissioned and premiered over 50 works that are dedicated to him. His recent projects include new compositions from Galison Lau (Hong Kong), Narong Prangcharoen (Thailand) and Diana Soh (Singapore).
Apart from performing, Wong is enthusiastic in teaching. He is currently the artistic director and faculty of the Asia Pacific Saxophone Academy in Thailand, aiming to enhance the education and communication among saxophonists and students from Asia Pacific countries. Outside the academy, Wong was invited to present master classes in China, Italy, Hong Kong, Macau, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. Besides, he has been chosen as one of the jury member of International competitions such as Asia Pacific Saxophone Composition Competition (Thailand), ENKOR Competition (Germany), Shenzhen Winds and Percussion Competition (China), Singapore Woodwind Festival Competition, and Wuhan Conservatory Saxophone Competition (China).
Wong has studied in Hong Kong, France and United States. He won numerical prizes including: Hong Kong Academy Concerto Competition (2006, Hong Kong), Concour de Saxophone Parisien (2008, France), Jacoby Concerto Competition (2013, U.S.A.), and WVU Young Artist Competition (2015, U.S.A.) His mentors include Michael Campbell, Jean-Yves Fourmeau, Michael Ibrahim, Jennifer To, and Scott Turpen.
Wong is a Selmer Paris and D’addario artist. He plays exclusively on the Selmer Paris saxophones with D’addario reeds.
Personal Web page: www.takchiuwong.com