Wonny Song leads an exciting and glowing international career as one of Canada's most outstanding young
concert pianists. He is widely praised through his recitals, concerto appearances and recordings for his wonderfully poetic touch, depth of musical insight and charismatic
personality. Winner of the 2010 Canadian Musician Award as well as the 2002 Galaxie Rising Star Award, he has appeared with over 40 different orchestras including the Cincinnati
Symphony, Montréal Symphony, Toronto Symphony, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Euro Asian Philharmonic Orchestra, l’Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal, Orchestra of
St-Luke's, I Musici de Montréal, Latvian National Philharmonic Orchestra and the Minnesota Orchestra.
As winner of the 2005 Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York, Mr. Song made his recital debuts at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall in New York, sponsored by the Claire Tow Prize, and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., presented by the Washington Performing Arts Society. He was also awarded the Fergus Orchestra Soloist Prize, the Saint Vincent College Concert Series Prize, and the Miriam Brody Aronson Prize.
Mr. Song was awarded the 2003 Prix d’Europe in Canada, which presented him in recital throughout Canada, France, Italy, and Sweden. As the 2001 First and Grand Prize winner of the Minnesota Orchestra’s WAMSO Competition, he appeared in three subscription concerts with Eiji Oue and the Minnesota Orchestra in 2002, and was re-engaged for three more subscription concerts with Osmo Vänskä in 2006. He won the 1997 Ludmila Knezkova Piano Competition in Nova Scotia, as well as First Prize and Best Artistic Interpretation Prize at the 1995 Montreal Symphony Piano Competition and a Gold Medal at the 1994 World Piano Competition in Cincinnati.
Other highlights of Mr. Song’s career include a solo recital as Canada’s musical ambassador to the 1993 World Expo in Korea and a 1998 performance in Bangkok at the closing ceremony of the Asian Olympic games, an event attended by Thailand’s Royal Family. Mr. Song returned to Korea in 2005 to perform in the opening concert of Seoul’s new Chungmu Art Hall with the EuroAsian Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Gum Nan-se. Equally at home with chamber music repertoire, he has appeared in festivals such as the Montreal Chamber Music Festival, the Lachine Music Festival, the Young Concert Artists Festival at CHANEL Nexus Hall in Tokyo, the Seattle Chamber Music Festival as well as the National Arts Centre Young Artist Festival.
Mr. Song’s first compact disc recording of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition and Rachmaninoff’s Variations on a Theme of Corelli released under the Canadian label XXI-21, was one of the bestsellers in Canada and reached the Gazette's 2006 Top 20 Albums of the Year. His subsequent CD, 'Clair de Lune' from the 'Les Grands Classiques d'Edgar' box set was also a major success, with over 20 000 copies sold throughout North America. Mr. Song's other CD releases include Beethoven's Early Piano Sonatas, and Poulenc's L'histoire De Babar & Debussy's La Boite à Joujoux in collaboration with renowned narrator Mr. Edgar Fruitier.
Teaching is a significant facet of Mr. Song's career as he dedicates himself in mentoring the next generation of young pianists. His students have won numerous scholarships and prizes in major competitions throughout North America. As associate director and director of artists-in-residence of Lambda School of Music and Fine Arts, Mr. Song frequently gives masterclasses and workshops with the hope of inspiring young artists through innovative pedagogical approaches.