Raymond Yong was born in Malaysia, emigrating to Australia at the age of two. He received his initial musical training in Perth, performing regularly in public piano recitals from an early age. It was in high school that he first took to the podium as a conductor, directing his school orchestra and choir.
Raymond Yong went on to study conducting at the University of Melbourne as a pupil of John Hopkins, and received further training in the Symphony Australia Young Conductors Development program. He became the Music Director of the Victorian Youth Symphony Orchestra and Victoria Chorale, and was the founding Artistic Director of Orchestra 21.
He has conducted concerts for the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, the Port Fairy Spring Music Festival, Stonnington Symphony, Preston Symphony, Kooyong Chamber Players and is a regular guest of the Barrier Reef Orchestra in North Queensland.
Raymond Yong is also a sought-after piano soloist and recitalist. He has performed in concert with many of Australia’s foremost classical instrumentalists, singers and ensembles, including piano concerto engagements with the Melbourne Symphony, Sydney Symphony, West Australian Symphony and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras.
Raymond is currently based in Perth, where he is Music Fellow in Residence at St George’s College, University of Western Australia.