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Henry Wong Doe

New Zealander Henry Wong Doe made his debut as a pianist in 2003. Since then he has worked extensively abroad, enthralling audiences with a style that combines stylistic awareness, musical sensitivity, emotional depth, and an undeniable passion for music.

Henry began his studies at the age of five, going on to receive numerous national awards before furthering his studies in the United States. Following a Masters degree from Indiana University Bloomington, he graduated with a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The Juilliard School in New York. His dissertation “Musician or Machine: The Player Piano and Composers of the 20th Century” examined the influence of the Player Piano on the works of Stravinsky, Hindemith, Nancarrow and Ligeti. His teachers have included Evelyne Brancart, Leonard Hokanson, Joseph Kalichstein and Richard Goode, and he has participated in masterclasses given by Menahem Pressler, Paul Badura-Skoda, and Leon Fleisher.

An avid performer of contemporary music, Henry's debut performance at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in 2008 featured solo and interactive works for piano and computer-controlled piano. Performing on a Yamaha Disklavier Mark IV, the program included the pioneering 1989 interactive work "Eight Sketches - duet for one pianist" by Jean-Claude Risset. An equally passionate supporter of new music from his home country, his recitals frequently feature solo and chamber works by New Zealand composer Gareth Farr.

Henry has released two recordings to date, Horizon (for Trust Records), a selection of piano and chamber works by Gareth Farr, and the second Five in the Sun (for Klavier Records), a recording of 20th century woodwind chamber works with the Keystone Chamber Players, both of which were acclaimed by listeners and critics alike. Landscape Preludes is his Rattle debut.

A passionate educator, Henry serves on the music faculty as Assistant Professor of Piano at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.



Henry Wong Doe

Making his Rattle debut with this superb recording, Henry Wong Doe performs twelve works for solo piano composed by some of New Zealand's most renowned composers. An album brimming with colour, texture and passion.

"When a virtuoso is called for, Wong Doe is your man. If you buy just one classical CD this year, make it Landscape Preludes." - William Dart, The Herald, July 2014


Henry Wong Doe in conversation with Eva Radich, Upbeat, RNZ Concert, July 2014




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