The dramatic Schubert Arpeggione, a romantic elegy, Hindemith's or Schostakowitch's modern sonatas up to salon music - there is no literature for viola and piano that the Duo Corti Wong wouldn't play with ease and vigor.
nicolas corti, viola
Nicolas Corti (*1956) studied viola with his fatherOttavio Corti at the Zurich Conservatory, after having completed his maturity in a grammar school. There he did his teaching, orchestral and solo diplomas. He then went to New York for intensive studies with Emanuel Vardi (the former soloviolist under Arthuro Toscannini with the famous NBC orchestra) for one year.
Since 1976 he has worked freelance in the Zurich Tonhalle and Opera Orchestras.
He was also 15 yearsmember of the well known Collegium Musicum Zürich under Paul Sacher until this orchestra ended in 1992.
He gives solo performances and also plays in various chamber music formations as the Trio Musaïque with flute,viola and harpe, the Zürich Chamber Trio, duo with piano and many other changing formations.
In 1982, Corti was co-founder of the Amati Quartet that has become internationally known, thanks to its many concert appearances in most famous concerthouses in the world and recordings with several compactdisc prices in Germany, France, Italy and Switzerland.
With the Amati Quartet Corti had numerous concerts with great musicians as: Krystian Zimerman, Bruno Canino, Karl Engel, Rudolf Buchbinder, David Geringas, Antonio Meneses, Anner Bjilsma, Steven Isserlis, Eduard Brunner, Paul Meyer, Karl Leister, Bruno Giuranna, Gérard Caussé, James Galway, Jaques Zoon and others.
The Amati Quartet finished playing 2009. About 30 compact disques show the very high quality of this ensemble.
Since 1996, Corti teaches viola and chamber music at the Zurich University of Arts.
He is now in the 5th season Violasoloist (50%) in the Winterthur Orchestra, the Musikkollegium Winterthur.
In 2008 he joined the Jury of the international Tromp Stringquartet Competition in Eindhoven (Netherlands)
See Siang Wong, klavier
See Siang Wong studied in the Netherlands with Marjès Benoist and in Switzerland with the pianists Homero Francesch andBruno Canino. He made his debut at the age of twelve, accompanied by the Dutch Radio Orchestra.
See Siang Wong has given concerts in more than 30 countries throughout Europe, Asia, the Americas, the Middle East and Australia. He has performed with conductors like Pierre Boulez (Webern “Konzert”, Berio “O King”, Boulez “Dérive I” at the Lucerne Festival), Ralf Weikert (Mozart piano concerto No. 23 KV 488), Howard Griffiths (Mozart piano concerto No. 12 KV 414). He has appeared at famous concert halls in Amsterdam (Concertgebouw), London (St. Martin-in-the-Fields), Zurich(Tonhalle), Lucerne (KKL), Paris (Salle Olivier Messiaen), Budapest (Marble Hall), Prague (Vila Bertramka), St. Petersburg(Philharmonic Hall), Bogotá (Luis Ángel Arango). He is regularly invited to perform at international festivals.
Next to his classical repertoire (emphasis on Mozart, Chopin, Schumann and Debussy) See Siang Wong has a broad repertoire in contemporary music. He has often performed piano works of contemporary composers like Arnold Schönberg,Luciano Berio, György Ligeti, György Kurtág, Wolfgang Rihm, Peter Eötvös, Emmanuel Nunes, Marco Stroppa, James Dillon,Jonathan Harvey, Rudolf Kelterborn. In 2008 he initiated the Project "Swiss Piano", in which he is promoting the creation of new piano works. Many famous and young Swiss composers have contributed to this project already and dedicated piano pieces to him (like Daniel Fueter, Hans Ulrich Lehmann, Laurent Mettraux, Isabel Mundry, Jürg Wyttenbach, Gérard Zinsstag,Alfred Zimmerlin).
On the Decca Label (Universal Music Group) See Siang Wong has released six albums (Frédéric Chopin: Waltzes and Nocturnes, Claude Debussy: Early piano works, Mozart: Piano Sonatas, Schumann: Piano Works, Beethoven: Piano Sonatas, Haydn/Mozart: Piano Concertos). In 2012 he released his first album on the RCA Red Seal Label (Sony Classical) with Piano Works of Franz Schubert. His Chopin, Mozart, Schumann and Schumann/Beethoven "Piano Concertos" (Novalis) Recordings were honoured by Swiss Radio with a "Classic Highlight" Award. Other recordings has been published by Deutsche Grammophon and several "independent" Labels.
See Siang Wong teaches at the Zurich University of the Arts since 2002. He gives Masterclasses in Switzerland and abroad. He is an exclusive Steinway & Sons-Artist.