KJ Wong Piano Recital: The Five Elements

Yuen Long Theatre

  • 2023.8.18 (Fri) 8pm

  • Standard: $280 / $200
    Children: $100
    Full-time Student: $100
    Audiences aged over 60: $140 / $100
    Elderlies over 80: $10
    Other Discounts^

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  • Trailer

KJ Wong Piano Recital: The Five Elements

The Five Elements (Metal, Wood, Water, Fire, and Earth) are universal.


The Five Elements find root in our ancestor’s imagination. Music, on the other hand, is a projection of the current state of the universe. This experimental concert reveals the character of the Five Elements through music. 


“Digital” is a modern technology that changes and impacts modern music. To reflect this, the concert not only includes Classical, Romantic, Baroque, but also modern music, such as Domenico Scarlatti’s Sonata and Pierre Boulez’s 12 Notations, portraying how the earth nurtures and how metal malleates respectively. Wood is nature, while water and fire are fuels. In the one-hour concert, the audience are invited to observe the changes in the Five Elements and the flow of music through 10 carefully selected pieces. 

  • Creative Team


    • Piano (Live)

      KJ Wong

    • Director, Arts Tech Design & Calligraphy

      Mathias Woo

  • Team Members


    Creative Coordinator & Assistant Artistic Director: Cedric Chan

    Video: Benny Woo, Johnny Sze


    Sound Design: Chung Fong-ting

    Lighting Design: Zoe Cheung


    Poster Design: Man Lim-chung

    Photography for Promotion: Kim Hoo@easteighteen

    Graphic Design for Promotion: Sun Yue


    Stage Manager: Chow Chun-yin

    Technical Coordinator : Johnny Sze

    Deputy Stage Manager: Zeta Chan

    Assistant Stage Manager: Onki Chan

    Lighting Operator: Tse tsz San

    Make up: Billie Siu

    Wardrobe: Bonnie Chan

    Stage Crew: Leung Chi-hang, Hui Man-yiu


    Photography: William lee, Vic Shing, Lai Pan-wai

    Translation: Mona Chu

    Programme and Admin

    International Exchange Director / Producer: Wong Yuewai

    General Manager (Administration and Finance): Jacky Chan

    General Manager (Programme): Doris Kan

    Programme Manager: Ho Yin-hei

    PR & Publicity: Luka Wong

    Rehearsal Assistant: Chloe Li

    Programme and Creative Assistant: Niki Luk

    Graphic design and Production Assistant: Carol Mak

    Arts Tech Assistant: Mia Qiu


    Video & Production: Angela Li, Alison Lee

    Graphics: Ng Lai Man

    Arts group/Programme:  Jessie Kwok, Angel Lau, Song Leung, Ashley Wong 

    Arts Tech: Chan Chak Ming, Lin Wenjian, Leung Wing Laam

  • Repertoire




    Sonata in B minor, K.87 – Scarlatti

    Sonata in E major, K. 135 – Scarlatti

    Prelude and Fugue in E major, BWV 878 – Bach




    12 Notations – Boulez




    Aqua – Ryuichi Sakamoto

    Reflets dans l’eau (Reflections in the Water) – Debussy




    Bāng Chhun-hong (Pining for the Spring Breeze) – Teng Yu-hsien, arr. by Stephen Hough

    The Butterfly Lovers – He Zhanhao, Chen Gang




    Vers la Flamme (Toward the flame), Op. 72 – Scriabin

    Ballade No. 2 in B minor, S.171 – Liszt


  • KJ Wong × Five Elements


    The concept of the Five Elements was used by ancient Chinese philosophers to describe the formation and relationships of all things in the world. The Five Elements are Metal, Wood, Water, Fire, and Earth. Singly or in combination, they are the five major constituents of all things. The ancients related the Five Elements to different things in the world such as the Five Constant Virtues and Five Body Organs, which are unique Chinese cultural characteristics. Music also has its corresponding Five Notes. Traditional Chinese music uses a pentatonic scale, consisting of Gong, Shang, Jue, Zhi, and Yu, similar to the Western music notes Do, Re, Mi, So, La. Each note was imbued by the ancients with the attributes of one of the Five Elements: Metal (Shang), Wood (Jue), Water (Yu), Fire (Zhi), and Earth (Gong). 


    For the Five Elements recital, the selection of music pieces is based on the concept of the interaction between the Five Elements generating and controlling one another, as in Earth generates Metal, Metal generates Water, Water generates Wood, and Wood generates Fire. Pianist KJ Wong selects not only pieces of Western classical music, in which he excels, but also traditional Chinese music and modern music. When selecting the pieces, KJ emphasizes on the “feeling”, especially feeling his connection with the Five Elements and all things on Earth. Through this solo concert, the audience will experience the beautiful fusion of Chinese and Western cultures, and feel the charm of the Five Elements and Five Notes.

  • Zuni × KJ Wong


    • First Lessons in Heart Sutra Piano Performance (2018)
    • God or no God Piano Performance (2019)
    • The Architecture of the City Performance (2019)
    • One Hundred Years of Solitude 11 – Twelve Hours Performance (2022)

    In 2018, KJ Wong collaborated with Zuni for the first time in First Lessons in Heart Sutra, and in 2019, he continued to present his philosophical ideas in the piano recital God or No God. Both experiments are artistic creations that combine music, philosophy, and multimedia images, allowing every audience to feel the universality of art and philosophy.


    Apart from piano recitals, KJ has also participated in several Zuni’s performances, including The Architectural of the City, In Praise of Shadows and One Hundred Years of Solitude 11 – Twelve Hours, continuously experimenting on classical piano music in collision with Zuni’s stage aesthetics.


    The Five Elements recital will be KJ’s latest interdisciplinary experimental work. If you want to know how he uses the piano to tell the stories of the Chinese Five Elements and what sparks of creativity the fusion of Chinese and Western cultures can bring about, you must come to experience this live at the Five Elements concert.

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  • Acknowledgement


    Technical Partner

    Piano Sponsor

  • Terms & Conditions


    Running time approximately 70 minutes

    No latecomers will be admitted, until a suitable break in the performance
    Zuni Icosahedron reserves the right to add, withdraw or substitute artists and/ or vary advertised programmes and seating arrangements.