Jerry Wong steinway artist pianist

Steinway Artist Jerry Wong has been described by Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Martin Bernheimer as "eloquent…sensitivity and a finely-honed sense of style" and the Orange County Register praised him for "clean technique, forthright sound and a straight-forward approach to classical textures". He has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia in such prestigious settings as the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach, National Concert Hall of Taipei, National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., Opera City Hall in Tokyo, PianoForte in Chicago, Severance Hall in Cleveland, Shriver Hall in Baltimore, and Weill Recital Hall in New York City. His performances, recordings and interviews have been broadcast on the Finnish National Radio, HCTV (Ohio), Nippon Television (Japan), Radio Video Mediterranean (Italy), WCLV (Cleveland), WKSU (Ohio), WWFM (New York), and Reflections from the Keyboard with David Dubal on WQXR (New York).

Mr. Wong’s discography includes several recordings on the MSR Classics label. His disc of works by Sergei Prokofiev garnered him the following international praise: "brings [introspection and gentle nostalgia to this music] better than anyone I have heard to assay the Eighth (Sonata) since the late Emil Gilels" (Audio Society) and "his approach is perfect for the 20 short and quite varied Visions Fugitives, easily the best complete set I've heard" (American Record Guide). In 2018, he commemorated the 100-year passing of Claude Debussy with the release of a solo recording titled Of Motion and Dance – Piano Music of Claude Debussy. American Record Guide described it as a “don’t miss release” and Fanfare wrote: “Wong’s performance is driven by an understanding and appreciation for the composition that sounds true, raw, and quite clear.” His most recent project titled Of Love and Longing – Piano Music of Franz Liszt was released in 2020.

An avid chamber musician, Wong has performed at the Josef Gingold Chamber Music Festival, Killington Music Festival, Magic Mountain Music Farm, Mimir Chamber Music Festival (Australia) and Pacific Music Festival (Japan). Over the span of more than a decade, he performed and taught at the Kent Blossom Music Festival, where he appeared frequently with members of The Cleveland Orchestra and the Miami String Quartet. He has appeared with clarinettist Dennis Nygren on the Albany label and flutist Derek Jones on MOVE Records in a disc of Australian composers. He frequently performs American art song with his wife, soprano Melissa Davis, with whom he also recorded Glass Ceilings – Song Cycles of Jake Heggie.

A graduate of Indiana University, Peabody Conservatory and Manhattan School of Music, where he completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree, Mr. Wong's major teachers have included Menahem Pressler, Ann Schein and Byron Janis. He was Professor of Piano at Kent State University in Ohio from 2003-2019, during which time he developed a flourishing class of international students. His masterclasses have taken him throughout the United States, to such noted institutions as Cleveland Institute of Music, Indiana University, Northwestern University and University of Michigan, as well as conservatories and universities in Australia, China, Hong Kong, Italy, Korea, Macau, Malaysia, Russia, Singapore, and Taiwan. Frequently sought after as clinician, he has presented lectures throughout the United States, including the Music Teachers National Association, National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, Clavier Companion’s From the Artists Bench and the World Piano Teachers Association. His publications have frequently appeared in The Piano Magazine, where he is also International Column Editor. Mr. Wong is Associate Professor of Piano and Head of Keyboard at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music in Australia.

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