Dr. Lucas Wong


Musician.
Enterpreneur.
Tech Developer.





Biography

Canadian pianist Lucas Wong earns a diversified career as performer and teacher, specializing in the art of collaborative piano. He is currently a Visiting Professor of Vocal Coaching at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts A. J. Fletcher Opera Institute. Praised for "his gifts for colour, nuance and tasteful dynamic contrasts" (Gramophone), his 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. He has collaborated with reputable artists such as Maghan McPhee, Suzanne Mentzer, Simone Osborne, Edward Parks, Laura Strickling, and Guang Yang.




As a pianist wearing many different hats, Dr. Lucas Wong holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from the Yale School of Music, under the tutelage of Boris Berman. He also holds a Post-Graduate Associateship from the Yale Institute of Sacred Music and a Teaching Fellowship at the Yale Department of Music. His repertoire includes musical preparation for more than thirty opera productions, hundreds of songs, many solo and chamber works, and last but not least, a handful of iOS apps on the App Store. He has been the assistant conductor for the New York City Opera for two seasons, the repétiteur for the Opera Theater of Connecticut for over ten seasons, and the official accompanist of the Metropolitan Opera National Council district auditions.

As an educator, Dr. Lucas Wong offers innovative resources, such as the recent “The Multifunctional Pianist: The Recipe for Orchestral Color and Playing" essay on the NATS Journal of Singing. He is the author of “The Multi-Functional Pianist” — a four-chapter curriculum designed to strengthen pianists’ awareness of improvisational, fundamental, and piano reduction skills. He is the artistic director of Liederfest of Suzhou, a special program that introduced singers to art songs in various languages including Chinese. Dr. Lucas Wong was one of the founding faculty members of the Soochow Univesrity School of Music, where he was also the chamber music, collaborative piano, staff pianist coordinator. He has been previously invited to perform, lecture, or give masterclass at many world-renowned institutions, such as the University of Hong Kong, Peking University, Seoul National University, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, and the Juilliard School.

Lucas Wong’s first exposure of collaborating with a staged performance began with his music directorship on a couple of musicals as a high school student in the Lord Byng Secondary School, one of the most prestigious arts mini schools across Canada. During his piano performance studies at both UBC and Yale, he also pursued the art of song and opera collaboration with mentors such as Rena Sharon and J. J. Penna. He continued this pursuit with Warren Jones at the Music Academy of the West as a vocal piano fellow, with Margo Garrett, Graham Johnson, and Martin Katz as a pianist at SongFest, and with Frank Corliss at the Bard Conservatory Post-Graduate Fellowship program.








Projects


Humour in late Debussy

Humour in Debussy

Multiple Perspectives of Douze études

Through detailed examination and comparison, Claude Debussy’s Douze études — originally organized into two volumes — are regrouped according to four tendencies that may be useful to contemporary performers: chopinesque, homage, avant-garde, and parody/humour. Humour is the most prominent of these, from the first bar of a child-like study to sophisticated allusions to Emmanuel Chabrier’s music.

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Music Ancestry

Music Ancestry

Trace back to Bach

Let's trace a musician's teachers and teachers' teachers back to Bach! With tens of thousands of teacher-student relationship data inside this app, it's a great tool to study how everyone is connected.

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L'heure exquise

L'heure exquise

Music heals the soul

This disc explores transcriptions and works by J. S. Bach, Berlioz, Franck, Godowsky, Grainger, Hahn, Hess, Liszt, Mascagni, Mendelssohn, Poulenc, Puccini, Schubert, Strauss, and Wong

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4D Music Player

4D Music Player

Accompanying from Bach to Broadway

Collaborate in all genres: 3200 tracks with opera, musical theater, concerto, sonata and art song in the tempo and key of your choice. Includes Suzuki, ABRSM and RCM curricula.

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How Music Education Evolves with Current Technology

Keynote Presentation

A Keynote Presentation

The Worldwide Music Conference (WWMC) brings the scientific world together to unite the efforts of all the sciences in music research.

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On the NATS Collab Corner

On the NATS Collab Corner

The Multifunctional Pianist: The Recipe for Orchestral Color and Playing

"As vocal pianists throughout our studies and careers, we all work with piano reductions encountered in choral and operatic repertoire..."

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4D Jam Connect

4D Jam Connect

Make Music Happen: Faster & Together

4D Jam Connect offers high-quality and low-latency connection 100% on a browser.

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The Multi-Functional Pianist

The Multi-Functional Pianist

Innovative and Contemporary Approaches to Keyboard Harmony, Improvisation, Score Reading, and Reduction Techniques

Over the course of five chapters, the trajectory of skills is examined in an “A-to-Z” approach. “A” is perhaps a piano major with some formal functional keyboard training, while “Z” is the keyboard wizard, at the graduate level, who possesses a great functional capacity as a successful collaborative pianist.

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Rediscovering Couperin and Rameau

Rediscovering Couperin and Rameau

On FAZIOLI F308 with four pedals

“his gifts for colour, nuance and tasteful dynamic contrasts…sexily shaped trills…the point and precision of his détaché articulation…discreet use of agogics and his mastery of the kind of overlapping finger legato…attention to detail and clear commitment unquestionably come across, abetted by fine engineering. Recommended.” (Gramophone)

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Recordings


L'heure exquise



Ma contrebasse chèrie



Remembering Debussy



Rediscovering Couperin & Rameau



Scherzando Piano: Music of Debussy & Chabrier




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Performances


Mostly Debussy V



A Tribute to William Bolcom




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