Friday, 9 October, 2020 | 5:00 PM

Chelsea Wong

Tin Yi Chelsea Wong, an advocate of contemporary music, blends classical and contemporary repertoire in unique programming that showcases her free improvisation and extended techniques.



Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
arranged by Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Chaconne in D Minor for Left Hand
(From Partita for Solo Violin No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004)

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
Le Tombeau de Couperin
I. Prelude
II. Fugue
III. Forlane
IV. Rigaudon
V. Menuet
VI. Toccata 

Oscar Peterson (1925-2007)
Hymn To Freedom


About the artist

Pianist Tin Yi Chelsea Wong has taken a wide variety of concert stages. From Wienersaal in Salzburg and Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, to unconventional yet intimate GroupMuses, and Airbnb concert series, her programming blends classical and contemporary repertoire. In 2019, her performances at San Francisco Botanical Garden “Flower Piano” paired Crumb’s ​Makrokosmos II with Schumann’s Symphonic Etudes, and Schubert’s Fantasia in F minor for piano 4 hands with Novak’s Rustica Musa II

An advocate of contemporary music, Tin Yi Chelsea Wong is a founding member of contemporary vocal ensemble Mouthscape Choir. She premiered Ilya Demutsky’s Skomoroshina, commissioned through the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM) Hoefer Prize, choreographed and performed at San Francisco Ballet; other premieres include Lukas Janata’s Echi, Ryan Brown’s ​Mortal Lessons, and numerous new works. Fluent in free improvisation and focusing on extended techniques, Tin Yi Chelsea Wong invented the Harmonic Capo to expand the potential of the instrument. Her current project is to advance the prototype, while seeking collaborations and commissioning composers to create new possibilities for the piano repertoire. 

Tin Yi Chelsea Wong served as a faculty member at New York University Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. Her mentors include Ya-Fei Chuang (Boston Conservatory), Paul Hersh and Yoshikazu Nagai (SFCM), and Alan Feinberg (NYU). In her free time, Chelsea enjoys collecting rare succulents, preparing 10 person+ feasts, boardgames, and rock climbing. For more information on the artist, please visit: