Associate Professor Jerry Wong

Masterclass Guest

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 Bravo! Kent State Arts Network, 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 recording of works by Sergei Prokofiev was released on the MSR Classics label and garnered him international praise: "rich-toned... an acute ear for color... exciting playing" (Fanfare); "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); "instinctive poeticism....sonorous velvety charm" (BBC Music Magazine); 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). He also collaborated with clarinetist Dennis Nygren on a disc that appeared on the Albany label and, in the fall of 2018, 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 recently described it as a “don’t miss release”.