bio

Photo: Olivia Davies, Piñata Percussion

Jet Kye Chong is a multi-award winning Perth-based artist, practising as a composer, percussionist and researcher. His music has been performed throughout Australia, Asia, Canada and the USA. Chong won the 2018 Ransom Prize in orchestral composition, and the 2018 Scarlet’s Fund award for his string quartet Umbral Orbits. Recent commissions include new arrangements and compositions for the Perth Symphony Orchestra and Australian National Academy of Music. He has been selected for collaborative programs with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Flinders Quartet (VIC), the Australian Youth Orchestra, and a composition residency at All That We Are (TAS).

As a percussionist, Chong won the Malaysia Percussion Festival Performance Prize with his own work Rev 3, and is a two-time winner of the People’s Choice Award for the Vose Memorial Concerto Prize. He has performed with artists including Nigel Westlake, Jan Lisiecki (Canada/Poland) and Emmanuel Séjourné (France) on stages around the world. He held the Principal Percussion position in the 2019 Australian Youth Orchestra International Tour (Europe/China), and in Momentum Chamber Ensemble performances across the country. Back home, he has performed as a feature soloist for the West Australian of the Year Awards and in the 2021 AFL Grand Final in Perth. He has recorded works of Myburgh for Australian and UK labels, and recorded with the Australian Baroque for ABC Classic. His collaborative artistic direction has contributed to 5-star shows in the Perth Fringeworld, earning the 2022 Music and Musicals Award.

Chong holds a Bachelor of Philosophy in Mathematics and Statistics, and Music Specialist Studies (Composition/Percussion), with First Class Honours. His thesis ‘Predicting Marimba Stickings with Neural Networks’ has led to ongoing work under Dr. Débora Correa.

One may also find Chong performing at events and festivals around the state as a freelance percussionist, taiko drummer, and as a bodhran player with The Hàr.