“Pianism in a whole different league, namely: art”. These words from Tel Aviv’s Ha’aretz illustrate Henry Wong Doe’s sincerity and passion for music. Since winning “Audience Favourite” prizes at both the Arthur Rubinstein and Busoni International Piano Competitions, Henry has continued to engage audiences with a wide variety of repertoire and interpretations that combine stylistic awareness and sensitivity.
Henry Wong Doe has performed in Carnegie Hall, New York, Heinz Hall, Pittsburgh, Sydney Opera House in Australia, St.Martin-in-the-Fields, London, U.K., Esplanade-Theatres on the Bay Singapore, and Mann Auditorium in Tel Aviv, Israel. He has been a featured artist at the Busoni International Piano Festival in Bolzano, Italy, the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Series in Chicago, USA and the Brussels Piano Festival in Belgium. Highlights of the 2018-19 season include performances at Steinway Hall, New York, Lee University International Piano Festival in Tennessee, Auckland Town Hall, New Zealand as part of Auckland Grammar School’s 150th Anniversary, and a solo recital for the Johnstown Chamber Series in Pennsylvania.
Henry has performed with noted orchestras such as the Pittsburgh Symphony, Sydney Symphony, Australian Chamber, and Israel Philharmonic, and collaborated with conductors Christopher Hogwood, Mendi Rodan, Fabio Mechetti and Edvard Tchivzel. Appearances on television and radio include BBC Radio 3 (UK), ABC Classics FM and Channel 9 (Australia), Concert FM and TVNZ (New Zealand), WNYC Radio (New York), WFMT Radio (Chicago), WQED Radio (Pittsburgh), RTBF and Canal La Deux (Belgium), and Kolhamusica (The Musical Voice) Israel.
In New Zealand, Henry Wong Doe has performed with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Auckland Chamber Orchestra and Christchurch Symphony Orchestra. Working with acclaimed conductors as Fabio Mechetti, Michael Christie, Piero Bellugi, and Marko Letonja, he has performed concerti by Rachmaninoff, Prokofieff, Mozart, Grieg, Stravinsky, Hindemith and Beethoven. Last season, he played Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto with the Auckland Philharmonia under the baton of Tobias Ringborg to critical acclaim. In the United States, Henry was invited to perform Beethoven's Second Piano Concerto with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
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 as well as a newly composed interactive work by New York based composed Brendan Adamson. An equally passionate supporter of new music from New Zealand, both his 2008 and 2012 recitals at Weill Recital Hall featured solo and chamber works by Gareth Farr.
Henry Wong Doe has released four commercial recordings. His first disc Horizon (2012, Trust Records MMT 2070), of piano and chamber works by Gareth Farr, was featured on New York's WNYC radio “New Sounds” program. His second disc, Five in the Sun (2013 Klavier Records K11193) as a member of the Keystone Chamber Players consists of 20th century chamber works for woodwind instruments and piano. His third release Landscape Preludes (2014, Rattle Records RAT D046), a set of 12 short piano works by New Zealand composers received critical acclaim in New Zealand and USA. Jed Distler of ClassicsToday gave the disc a 9/10 rating for both artistic and sound quality, writing “the selections are appreciably varied, well crafted for piano…[Wong Doe] mastered the notes and assimilated the music to the highest standards.” His latest disc, Pictures on Rattle Records (August 2017) features Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition and a new work a zigzagged gaze by Eve de Castro-Robinson, written in response to ten art pieces from the Wallace Arts Trust arts collection. This album was included in the New Zealand Herald's top 10 Classical CDs for 2017.
Henry Wong Doe has been awarded two Arts Grants from Creative New Zealand (Arts Council of New Zealand); the first to record Horizon, and most recently in November 2016 to complete his second solo disc with Rattle Records Pictures.
Born in Auckland, New Zealand, Henry Wong Doe received his early training from Susan Smith-Gaddis, followed by Bryan Sayer at the University of Auckland. In the United States, he received a Masters degree from Indiana University Bloomington, studying with Evelyne Brancart and Leonard Hokanson, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The Juilliard School, studying with Joseph Kalichstein. His doctoral dissertation “Musician or Machine: The Player piano and composers of the Twentieth Century” examined the influence of the player piano on the works of Stravinsky, Hindemith, Nancarrow and Ligeti. A passionate educator as well as performer, Henry Wong Doe serves on the music faculty as Professor of Piano and Keyboard Area Chair at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He was awarded sabbatical leave for the spring semester of 2017 to record his latest album Pictures.