“The transparency of the phrasing, tone clarity, and the seductive cantabile in Young's performance were appreciable. The impeccable technique and interpretative style demonstrated by this soloist, is proof of how truly valuable this pianist is. He played with such taste, much lyricism, and the palette of timbres was highlighted with passion, along with wide and rich nuances.” La Provincia, Italy
Esteemed by the press as the pianist with 'imagination and romance in his poetry'’, 'exquisite tone, interpretative insights and deep communicative powers', Raymond Young won the First-prize Medal (Two Piano section) and the Silver Medal (Piano Duet section) at
The International Piano Competition in Rome, Italy; and was honoured at the Braunschweig Classix Festival in Germany as a promising young artist with the 'Forderpreis'.
The first official Bosendorfer artist from Hong Kong, his numerous concerts spread throughout Austria, England, Germany, Italy, Russia, Canada, China, Korea, Malaysia, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao over the years have won him great acclaim for his refined musicianship and artistry.
As the first pianist from Hong Kong to be awarded the highest scholarship by the Austrian Government, Mr. Young graduated with the Double Master of Arts degrees in performance and accompaniment, and a Diploma in piano pedagogy from the University for Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, where he lived for over a decade. On account of his achievements and numerous recommendations, he was also granted the Austrian citizenship.
A sought-after adjudicator at many major competitions in the region, he also conducts master classes and lectures around the world. He is invited to serve as the Head Juror for The Hong Kong Students Open Music Competition, and appointed as an examiner for the Yamaha Music Foundation.
He has been on the piano faculty of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Baptist University, The Hong Kong Institute of Education and The University of Hong Kong. Recognized as one of the most respected educators, many of his students have furthered their musical studies at leading music schools in Europe, United States and Australia, and have won awards in numerous competitions.
Recent highlights include recitals in the Bosendorfer Hall in the legendary Mozart House in Vienna, where he composed ‘The Marriage of Figaro’; Villa Carlotta in Lake Como, Italy and masterclass in Pushkin City in St. Petersburg, Russia.