Joseph Tong

What or Who has been the greatest influence on your music?      
Too many to mention, but concerts by Shura Cherkassky (and playing to the great pianist in the 1990s) particularly inspired me.
Tell us about your background (in relation to your music)
I grew up in the South West, first of all in a little village in Cornwall and then Wells Cathedral School, before reading music at Cambridge then specialising in performance at the Royal Academy of Music.
Give the readers an idea of what you’ll be doing at The Forge and why it is a special performance for you…
Giving a piano duet recital with Waka Hasegawa celebrating 10 years of our duo (our London debut was in January 2002) and performing a range of pieces we’ve specially chosen – some of which we’ve recorded – for this concert. It will also be a great chance to catch up with friends and supporters at the end of the year, over a drink or two afterwards..yep it’ll be only a week before Christmas!
Where do you see yourself in another 10 years time?
Continuing what we do, commissioning more new works and recording several more CDs over the next decade. We’d also like to see our Bristol Festival grow and perform abroad more often, though remaining based here in London.
What’s your favourite season and why?
Spring – the optimism it brings and the longer days!
What do you do on your day off?
I might go running, meet up with friends for a beer or go to a jazz club.
What and where is your secret gem in London?
What’s your favourite takeaway food?
Lamb rogan josh with peshwari nan
What’s the best thing about being a musician?
Giving concerts – and of course the music itself
What’s the worst thing about being a musician?
All those solitary hours of practice? But I don’t see it as ‘work’.
Charlotte Caird
Joseph Tong and Waka Hasegawa will be playing at The Forge on Tuesday 18th December 7pm
Tickets available