Doctor of Musical Arts, Piano Performance
Dr. Benjamin Wong is an award-winning pianist and expert teacher. Originally from Hong Kong, Dr. Wong 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, Jason Kwak, Daria Rabotkina, 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. His article on piano practice is published in “Piano Magazine”, the only publication dedicated to piano pedagogy. His doctorate research explores the same subject, and he had the privilege to collaborate with some of the most sought-after pedagogues in the industry such as Lydia Artymiw and Ory Shihor in his research. His teaching philosophy focuses on artistry, a combination of robust technical foundation and imaginative playing. It is a culmination of knowledge gathered from years of teaching experience, professional training, academic studies, and research.
Dr. Wong’s students consistently achieve excellence in competitions, festivals, and exams. The awards include top prize in competitions, top of the class, top of the regions in various piano exams, and the highest rating in piano festivals.
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.