CAROL WONG enjoys a flourishing career following recent performances at Carnegie’s Zankel and Weill Halls, the Wednesday at One Series at Alice Tully Hall (New York), the Kennedy Center, the Kreeger Museum (Washington, DC), the California Center for the Arts (San Diego), the Krannert Center (Illinois), the Pro Arte Musical (Puerto Rico), the Gardner Museum (Boston) and live broadcasts on WXQR in NYC, K-Mozart in Los Angeles and on NPR's Performance Today. Highlights from the previous seasons included California's Herbst Theater (San Francisco), the Lobero Theatre (Santa Barbara), the Annenberg Theater (Palm Springs), the Kravis Center (West Palm Beach) and a special performance for the U.S. Members of Congress under the auspices of Sony Music in Puerto Rico.
In the summer 2009, Ms. Wong taught master classes at Orvieto Musica, a music festival in Italy. She was also invited to perform and teach for an underserved community in Hilo, Hawaii. The following October, Carol was personally invited by Marilyn Horne to perform in a tour celebrating the famed mezzo-soprano’s 75th birthday. The tour included stops in Italy, Croatia, Greece, and Turkey.
The summer of 2008 was eventful for Carol - in August, Ms. Wong was awarded the Sing for Hope Grant, an organization that maintains a roster of world-class artists who donate time and talent to the humanitarian causes that inspire them. Carol produced the concert “Songs of Words Left Unsaid”, which was hosted by renowned soprano Susan Graham and featured Metropolitan Opera performers such as soprano Susanna Philips, mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard, tenor Joseph Kaiser and baritone, Luca Pisaroni. In July 2008, Ms. Wong was one of only 50 people invited to the Arctic Expedition for Climate Action, sponsored by National Geographic, and made into a documentary. Guests included President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalyn; Ted Turner; Madeline Albright; Chevy Chase; Google founder Larry Page. Her 2008 tour also included concerts in Leipzig, Germany, Oslo, Norway, Istanbul, Turkey and in Lima, Peru.
Ms. Wong is frequently invited to prestigious music festivals such as the Ravinia Festival where she gave the premiere Jake Heggie's "Here and Gone" (2005), the Aspen Music Festival, the Sarasota Music Festival, the Banff Festival, the Cleveland Art Song Festival, the Britten-Pears Festival in England and the Beaux Arts Festival in Fontainebleau, France, where she won the Distinction award in Piano. A committed teacher, Carol is a senior examiner at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto and taught at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
Ms. Wong is also the winner of many awards including the 2005 Juilliard Honours Recital, the 2005 Canadian Aldeburgh Foundation Award, and the 2004 Irene Diamond Award. In 2003, Ms. Wong won the Marilyn Horne Foundation Award Competition and was also chosen as the first pianist to receive the Laureate Award from the Music Academy of the West. Ms. Wong was also a frequent winner of the Canadian competition circuit, including the Canadian Music Competition in Montreal.
Ms. Wong grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia and made her concerto debut at age 11 with the Vancouver Philharmonic. She earned her Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from Indiana University under the tutelage of Menahem Pressler. Ms. Wong was granted her Doctor of Music Arts degree in Piano Performance at Rutgers University, and she completed the prestigious Artist Diploma program at The Juilliard School.
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