The author of "The Multi-Functional Pianist", Canadian pianist Lucas Wong is earning a diversified career as a soloist, chamber musician, pedagogue, and vocal coach. Praised for “his gifts for colour, nuance and tasteful dynamic contrasts” (Gramophone), he has performed in many prestigious venues across a dozen countries on four continents. Career highlights include multiple engagements at the Carnegie Hall, innovative recital programs like "Beyond 88" and the "Mostly Debussy" series, a complete performance of Des Knaben Wunderhorn at the Shanghai Conservatory, directorship of the complete Duparc melodies at Songfest in LA, and collaborations with American composers such as William Bolcom, Jake Heggie, Libby Larsen, and John Musto. Wong's academic achievements include his Yale doctoral thesis "Perspectives on Claude Debussy’s Douze Études” and the article "Humour in Late Debussy: Multiple Perspectives on Douze Études" published on the Musical Times.
Lucas Wong has collaborated with world-renowned artists such as trombonist Joseph Alessi, violinist Soovin Kim, mezzo-soprano Susanne Mentzer, bassoonist Frank Morelli, clarinetist David Shifrin, and Erhu artist Fei Song. A versatile partner for both instrumentalists and vocalists, he is also a superb opera coach and assistant conductor. He has appeared on professional rosters of the New York City Opera, Opera America, and Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in Connecticut. He is the founding artistic director of Liederfest in Suzhou. As an educator and administrator, Lucas Wong was a founding faculty member at the Soochow University School of Music (China), where he served as piano professor and coordinator for chamber music, collaborative piano, and staff accompanists. He has been regularly invited to give masterclasses and adjudications in top institutions, festivals, and competitions.
Lucas Wong began his early training at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. He is a graduate of the University of British Columbia (B.Mus.) and Yale School of Music (M.M., M.M.A., D.M.A.). His key mentors include Boris Berman, Claude Frank, Peter Frankl, Michael Friedmann, Margo Garrett, Martin Katz, Warren Jones, Julian Martin, Edward Parker, Tak Poon, Richard Rephann, Rena Sharon, and Robert Silverman. He holds a Post-Graduate Associateship from the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, a Post-Graduate Collaborative Piano Fellowship from Bard College Conservatory of Music, and a Teaching Fellowship at the Yale Department of Music. He has been generously supported by the Début Competition (Canada), the Marilyn Horne Foundation, the Yale School of Music Alumni Association, the British Columbia Arts Council, and the Vancouver Foundation. He earned his ARCT Teacher’s diploma from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, for which he received a Gold Medal, the conservatory’s highest honor.
Lucas Wong has composed more than half a dozen web apps on and www.ipait.ca, designed to provide solutions to music education and appreciation. He also founded eMus, an online musical feedback service that provides a new, 21st-century educational tool for anyone who performs music.