Doctor of Musical Arts, Piano Performance
Pianist Benjamin Wong is originally from Hong Kong, where he started his music study at the age of 5. He received a Bachelor of Music from Brigham Young University, Master of Music from Boston University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Utah. His teachers include Sergey Schpekin, Paval Nersessian, Susan Duehlmeier, Ning Lu, Jie Lu, and Robin Hancock. He performed in masterclasses for pianists like John O’ Conor and Nelita True. He has played solo concerts in Hong Kong, Canada, and the United States. He also collaborated with numerous musicians in chamber music. He was the accompanist for the Brigham Young University-Hawaii Chorale, worked with numerous chamber groups in Boston, and a regular member of the New Music Ensemble at the University of Utah.
Dr. Wong is passionate about teaching and advocates for incorporating life skills in music education. His doctorate research explores how concert pianists practice and he had the chance to work with some of the most sought-after pedagogues in the industry such as Lydia Artymiw and Ory Shihor. His teaching philosophy aims to help musicians to be the best version of themselves through growth, honesty, and happiness. It is a culmination of knowledge gathered from years of teaching experience, professional training, academic studies, and research. He believes students at all ages can feel genuine joy and improvement in both music and life through proper pedagogical approach. This approach involves a six-step process that is unique to Dr. Wong’s teaching.
Dr. Wong is a recipient of competition awards and academic recognition. He won first prize in the American Protégé Competition and second prize in the North International Competition. He received multiple full-time scholarships, named Dean’s list Student, and graduated from BYU with Phi Kappa Phi honor. He received the ATCL performing diploma from the Trinity School of Music, London with distinction. He is currently working on the publication of his pedagogical article.