Wan Wong is a classical pianist, arranger, composer originally from Cerritos (Artesia), California, born June of 1991. She mainly concertizes in Los Angeles proper, and her role in the music world has grown from soloist to vocal, instrumental accompaniment, orchestral pianist, new music interpreter, arranger, engraver, song-writer, improvisation artist, and composer.
Wan achieved initial success during her high school years (2005-2009) as the winner of her highly renowned high school, Orange County School of the Arts (Santa Ana, CA) Concerto Competition. After several changes in career directions in college, she went on to compete and win competitions throughout her masters and doctorate years, when she focused on music exclusively: Quick Bowman Competition, Atwater Kent Competition, attending Aspen Summer Music Festival with pay, performing solo with many orchestras, and winning a chair as orchestral pianist at American Youth Symphony.
1.1 Early Years ( 1991 - 2005 ) 1.2 High School ( 2005 - 2009 ) 1.3 Chamber Music (2007 - 2012) 1.4 Experimentation / Undergrad years (2009 - 2012) 1.5 Masters degree ( 2013 - 2015) 1.6 Doctorate degree ( 2015 - 2017)
2.1 Influence on other pianists, students 2.2 Appearance in media 2.3 Symbolism
3. Musical Style and influences 4. Accolades
5. Collaboration Members 6. Concert Tours 7. External Links
1.1 Early Years ( 1991 - 2005 )
Rosalind competed in early competitions and certificates as a young budding pianist. She completed the highest grade possible for the Associated Board of Royal School of Music, grade 8, by the end of her elementary school years. In middle school, she pursued and obtained the Diploma at the ABRSM and wrote her first essays on music through her own research at the University of California Irvine library.
Throughout elementary and middle school, Rosalind participated in marching band, choir, and latin jazz ensemble. She was adept in the flute, clarinet, and eventually tenor sax. On the side, she was also an active thespian, performing in plays such as James and the Giant Peach, Romeo and Juliet, Twilight Zone, and the musical where she starred as Jackie (pants role) in Jack and the Beanstalk.
At a young age, Rosalind volunteered at the Cerritos Performing Arts Center, which gave her access to watching numerous performances of music theater, ballet, plays, and chamber orchestras. By the end of 8th grade, she made up her mind to audition for the competitive Orange County School of the Arts as a pianist.
1.2 High School ( 2005 - 2009 )
In high school, Rosalind found a coterie of friends who were as passionate about music as she was. During lunch, she would sight-read and accompany her friends for free. After word of her playing spread, she had more requests and received monetary tips from acquaintances. Furthermore, she was trained in jazz piano, vocal accompaniment along with an introduction to the international phonetics alphabet (IPA), instrumental accompaniment, music theater accompaniment, and ballet accompaniment. Rosalind was also chosen to be the monthly Kiwanis Club pianist during school lunch hours, and attended the off-campus club meetings to perform her solo works. Rosalind had her first taste of chamber music in 10th grade when she was chosen to participate in the chamber music class. Her first chamber piece was the Mendelssohn Piano Trio. From that point on, she learned many piano trio repertoires with fellow classmates in the strings department, including Michelle Tseng, now violin member of the LA phil, and Warren Hagerty, cellist in the Julliard student quartet. Rosalind had the privilege to work with Marvin Hamlisch, whose muse includes Barbara Streisand, in a musical theater residency put on by the M & T department. She also performed Chopin's Ballade no.1 with success her first high-profiled masterclass under Ingrid Fliter, a prize winner of the International Chopin Competition. Rosalind wrote her first song in her government class, as a part of her anti-war protest project. Through this, she found a love of writing songs which would later develop in college. In her final year of high school, she accompanied her friends in the concerto competition, while competing and winning the competition herself with Bela Bartok's Piano Concerto No.3, a rarely student-performed concerto. Finally, she won the Pianist of the Year award from the Instrumental Music Conservatory.
1.3 Chamber Music (2007 - 2015) Rosalind's love of chamber music continued to flourish after her collaborations in high school. Under the UCLA Camarades direction, Rosalind extensively studied piano trio, quartet, and quintet repertoire. She performed Gabriel Faure's Piano Quartet No. 2 at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and played along-side string faculty Guillaume Sutre, who would later become one of her biggest mentors in music. Rosalind also participated in the New Music ensemble, Contempo Flux, directed by pianist Gloria Chang. In her performance of "O, King" by Luciano Berio, she worked with vocalist India Carney, who is now a celebrity from her achievements on "The Voice". In the final year of her Masters degree, Rosalind also studied in great detail the Beethoven Cello Sonata No.4 with Walter Ponce, her beloved piano professor and mentor from 2009-2013, who also has the complete recordings of the five cello sonatas with Yehuda Hanani. Mr. Ponce gave Rosalind a copy of this CD with the inscription, "To my wonderful and admirable colleague Rosalind Wong". Rosalind also worked fondly under famous violist Richard O'Neill through her student-accompaniment position at UCLA. Rosalind also participated in numerous Early Music Ensemble concerts as the organist, harpsichordist, and soprano. In addition, she performed in many woodwind chamber concerts, collaborating with clarinet trios, woodwind piano quintets, and oboe-viola-piano trios.
She is a regular member in the Sonnets and Sonatas series, which is sponsored by the Francophone department at UCLA under Professor Laure Murat. Since its inception, Rosalind provide much support to the concerts, playing both collaboratively and soloistically. The performances are distinguished with her frequent collaboration with violinist Ambroise Aubrun, cellist Hillary Smith, and soprano Danielle Palomares. Her most recent performance at the Getty Museum was with Vincent Pernot, clarinetist at the Paris Opera.