NY Phil principal leads tribute to fallen pianist

NY Phil principal leads tribute to fallen pianist


norman lebrecht

February 17, 2018

The Australian pilot David Tong, who died in a crash in December, had once been a star pianist at Juilliard, where he held the Vladimir Horowitz scholarship.

Friends led by oboist Liang Wang, principal oboe of the New York Philharmonic, will  perform a Memorial Gala Concert Goodbye To TONG on Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 4:00 pm in New York City; @ Church of the Blessed Sacrament, 152 W 71st St, New York, NY 10023.

The service is being coordinated by one of David Tong’s best friends, Junsik Park, who runs JSAC New York, an arts consulting company.


  • Jasper says:

    Liang Wang once confirmed to me that he had acquired the nickname “The Two-Week Guy” because he had resigned several orchestral appointments after brief stays in order to move up the classical music pecking order. After succeeding Joseph Robinson in 2005, he has clearly found his place with the NY Phil (now perhaps he should be called “The Thirteen-Year Guy”).


  • Thomas says:

    Thank you for note and comments are always appreciate.
    There are many other way to express. @nyphil
    Let’s us have a peaceful memorial for a pianist and pinot David Tong.

    btw, “The Thirteen-Year Guy” plays oboe VERY well.

    Thank you.