Episode 9: pianist Thong Truong

Pianist Thong Truong. Photo credit: Daniel Spellman

Our second performer on The Talent next Tuesday is pianist Thong Truong!

Thong is a third year Bachelor of Commerce and Music student at Monash University. Prior to entering Monash, Thong studied with Wendy McLean on piano and with Jennifer Chou on pipe organ. At Monash he has studied with Anthony Halliday and is currently under the tutelage of Dr Tomoe Kawabata.

Recent accomplishments include 1st prizes in both the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music’s Australian Classical Music Prize for the best performance of a set of Australian works, and the Concerto and Aria Competition, the latter giving him the opportunity to perform Saint Saen’s 2nd Piano Concerto with the Monash Academy Orchestra in August 2021. Further, he has been awarded 1st prizes in both the Ringwood Eisteddfod Organ Open section and subsequent Instrumental Grand Final in 2018, and was finalist in the 2019 Preston Youth Concerto competition where he made his concerto debut with the Preston Symphony Orchestra playing Ravel’s Concerto in G.

As a performer, Thong endeavours to manoeuvre the air surrounding his audience, bringing them into his sound world where time is momentarily suspended. Outside of performance, Thong enjoys a busy life teaching piano to over twenty students with an aim to inspire them to love classical music and to explore the rich vastness of the piano repertoire. He hopes that one day he will become a renowned concert pianist and teacher.

Thong will perform:

  • Maurice Ravel: “Oiseaux Tristes” from Miroir
  • Haydn: Mvt 1 Sonata in E-flat Major Op. 52, No. 62
  • Rachmaninoff: Etude-Tableaux in C Minor Op. 39. No. 1

Hear Thong perform on The Talent on Tuesday, 11 May! Tune in on 103.5FM, 3MBS Fine Music Melbourne, or stream the broadcast online at 3mbs.org.au.


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