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. Having won “Audience
Favorite” prizes at both the Rubinstein and Busoni International
Piano Competitions, Henry's performances have enthralled and touched audiences with a style that combines stylistic awareness, sensitivity and emotional depth.
Henry Wong Doe’s performance highlights include venues such as Carnegie Hall, New York, Heinz Hall, Pittsburgh, the Sydney Opera House in Australia and the Mann Auditorium in Tel Aviv, Israel. He has performed twice at the Busoni International Piano Festival in Bolzano, Italy and the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Series in Chicago, and was invited to tour Israel with the Israel Camerata Orchestra during the preliminary stages of the Rubinstein competition.
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.
A native of New Zealand, Henry Wong Doe has performed with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra several times since making his debut in 2003. Working with acclaimed conductors as Fabio Mechetti, Michael Christie, Piero Bellugi, and Marko Letonja, he has performed concerti by Rachmaninoff, Prokofieff, Mozart, and Grieg. More recently, Henry performed Stravinsky's Concerto for Piano and Winds with the Auckland Chamber Orchestra. Simon Holden of Bachtrack online wrote: "The technical demands of the piece held no horrors for Wong Doe - the performance was remarkable for its accuracy of rhythmic attack." In the United States, Henry was invited to perform Beethoven's Second Piano Concerto with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra during the 2010/11 season. This season he returns home to perform Beethoven's "Emperor" Concerto with the Christchurch Symphony in their Beethoven and Beyond series, and the Grieg Concerto with the Auckland Phliharmonia in their Unwrap the music series.
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, both his 2008 and 2012 recitals at Weill Recital Hall featured solo and chamber works by New Zealand composer Gareth Farr. Following the 2008 recital, Henry was awarded an arts grant from the Arts Council of New Zealand (Creative NZ) to record Farr's complete piano works to date.
Henry Wong Doe has released three commercial recordings. His first disc Horizon (Trust Records MMT2070), 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 Klavier Records (K11193), with the Keystone Chamber Players consists of 20th century chamber works for woodwind instruments and piano. His most recent recording, Landscape Preludes (a set of 12 short piano works by New Zealand composers) was released in August 2014 on Rattle Records (RAT D046). Shortly after its release, The New Zealand Herald gave it a five star rating, describing it as a "fascinating range of New Zealand landscapes, magnificently caught."
Born in Auckland, New Zealand, Henry Wong Doe began his studies at the age of five, and was the recipient of numerous national awards before embarking on further study in the United States. Following a Masters degree from Indiana University Bloomington, Henry 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 Twentieth 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. A passionate educator as well as performer, Henry Wong Doe also serves on the music faculty as Assistant Professor of Piano at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.