Hailed by the press as a pianist with ‘imagination and romantic poetry’, ‘exquisite tone, interpretative insight and deep communicative power’, Raymond Young was the First-prize Medallist in the two-piano section and the Silver Medallist in the Duet section at the International Piano Competition in Rome, Italy; and was honoured with a Promising Young Artist Award at the Braunschweig Classix Festival in Germany, and was invited to perform again. His numerous captivating concerts in Europe and Asia over the years have won him great critical acclaim.
With considerable artistic and musical influence from his parents, Young started learning violin before switching to the piano at age eleven. In his youth, he also enjoyed drama, reciting poetry and choral singing. As the first pianist from Hong Kong to be awarded the highest scholarship by the Austrian Government, Young graduated with a Master of Arts degree in both performance and accompaniment, and a Diploma in piano pedagogy from the prestigious University for Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, a city where he lived for eleven years. Besides piano studies, he also majored in music theory and opera coaching. On account of his achievements and numerous recommendations, he was also granted Austrian citizenship. He has benefited from such masters as Paul Badura-Skoda, an authority of the Classical Viennese style; Joseph Banowetz, a grand student of Clara Schumann; Walter Fleischmann; David Lutz and Norman Shetler. He is a Fellow of the Trinity College, and an Associate of the Royal College of Music, in London.
As one of Hong Kong’s most versatile and renowned pianists, Young performs concerts extensively as a soloist and chamber music player, collaborates with singers and instrumentalists, appears in radio broadcasts, conducts masterclasses and lectures in Hong Kong and around the world. Being a sought-after adjudicator, he has been a judge at major competitions in the region, including The Steinway and Sons International Youth Piano Competition, Asian Youth Music Competition, Hong Kong Young Musician of the Year, Hong Kong Open Piano Competition, Hong Kong Schools Music Festival and the Macao Young Musicians Competition among others; and has been invited to serve as the Head Juror for The Hong Kong Students Open Music Competition. He is appointed as an examiner for the Yamaha Music Foundation, and is the founding member of the piano quartet Piano Extravaganza, consisting of four pianists. Apart from his busy schedule as a performer, he is also enthusiastic on education. Since his return, he is also highly in demand as a piano instructor, and has been on the piano faculty of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University, The Chinese University of Hong Kong and The University of Hong Kong. His future engagements include solo recitals in the Mainland, Taiwan, Australia and North America.