Finals Performer | James Zong

Pianist James Zong returns to the 3MBS studios to perform in the sixth round of finals for Season 3 of The Talent on November 15 at 7pm. He will present a set of three solo piano works to be broadcast live from the Lady Marigold Southey Performance Studio.

Performance Shot courtesy of Genevieve Trinh.

James is currently completing a double degree of Music and Laws at Monash University. Prior to commencing his tertiary studies James attended the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School in 2010 and 2011. During his time at the select-entry performance institution he began studying with renowned tutor Len Vorster, whom he continues to study under.

Following his time at VCASS, James transferred to Melbourne High School for the latter part of his secondary studies. Here he attained a perfect study score of 50 in Music Performance (Solo) in VCE. This achievement won him the Premier’s Award for the subject.

James has performed at many of Melbourne’s most-iconic venues including the Melbourne Town Hall, the Supreme Court of Victoria Library, the Abbotsford Convent, the Elisabeth Murdoch Hall and the Salon at the Melbourne Recital Centre.

Past achievements include being awarded the Associate in Music (AMusA) and the Licentiate in Music (LMusA) from the Australian Music Examinations Board. James has been recognized for excellency at tertiary level by the Monash University Faculty of Arts through the Jascha Spivakovsky Prize, the Joan Earle Prize, and the Cengage Western Music Theory Prize.

Tonight James will perform the following solo piano repertoire:

Dance of the Paper Umbrellas by Elena Kats-Chernin

L’isle joyeuse  by Claude Debussy

Mephisto Waltz No. 1 by Franz Liszt

Can’t listen live? Don’t worry! There will be a podcast available from November 16.


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