Kristian Chong & Friends – Impassioned Virtuosity

Next date: Sunday, 16 June 2024 | 02:00 PM

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Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre in association with Yarra Ranges Council, Kristian Chong and Friends is chamber music at the highest level. 



Sulki Yu violin 

Kristian Chong piano 

Appointed as Concertmaster of Orchestra Victoria in 2021, violinist Sulki Yu enjoys a busy career as a chamber musician, orchestral leader and a soloist. A prize-winner of the 2006 Yehudi Menuhin and the 2007 Szigeti-Hubay International Violin Competitions, Sulki studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London under David Takeno and furthered her studies under Augustin Dumay at the Chapelle Musicale Reine Elizabeth in Brussels. Until recently, Sulki served as Principal First Violin at the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London. 

One of Australia's leading and busiest pianists, Kristian Chong has performed throughout Australia and around the world. As concerto soloist he has appeared with the Adelaide, Melbourne, Queensland, Sydney and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, and orchestras in the UK, New Zealand and China.  

Described by The Age as ‘a true chamber musician at work’, Kristian is highly sought after with extensive collaborations with ensembles such as the Tinalley and Australian String Quartets, cellist Li-Wei Qin, flautist Megan Sterling and baritone Teddy Tahu Rhodes, with whom he has recorded with ABC-Classics. Other collaborations include violinists Vadim Gluzman, Rebecca Chan, Sophie Rowell, Dale Barltrop, Daniel Dodds, Jack Liebeck, Natsuko Yoshimoto and Satu Vänskä, violists Christopher Moore and Wenhong Luo. and clarinettist and Philip Arkinstall amongst many others. 

Kristian and Sulki play two breathtaking works; Beethoven’s Op.30 No.3 Sonata is paired with the extraordinary and luscious Strauss Sonata in this performance not to be missed! 


About the music


Ludwig van Beethoven 

Sonata for Piano and Violin Op.30 No.3 

Richard Strauss 

Sonata for Violin and Piano Op.18 



'Kristian Chong is a pianist of impressive talent and sensitivity...'  
The Age 

'The soloist, Kristian Chong, was nothing short of brilliant, giving a heartfelt performance of extraordinary beauty and sensitivity with finely controlled expression, tempi and touch.’ 
- Limelight Magazine 


Melbourne Recital Centre’s Regional Touring Program is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Gailey Lazarus Foundation. 


  • Sunday, 16 June 2024 | 02:00 PM


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