Lucas Wong

Musician. Enterpreneur. Web and App Developer.




Dr. Lucas Wong does music teaching (in person and remote), masterclass, adjudication, performance (solo and collaborative), music-releated consultation, and web and app development.



Music

Lucas Wong is earning a diversified career as a soloist, chamber musician, pedagogue, and vocal coach. He has performed in many prestigious venues across a dozen countries on four continents. 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.


The author of "The Multi-Functional Pianist" and inventor of "4D Piano", 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, Frank Corliss, 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.

Web and App Development

Inventor of "4D Piano", Lucas Wong has designed more than half a dozen apps, which have reached 10K+ visits and 1K+ followers. He continuously works with clients and provides web consultations and tutorials for both frontend and backend solutions. He is familiar with Javascript, HTML, CSS, Bootstrap, Swift, and the Wix platform.


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Lucas Wong Resources

Lucas Wong Resources

6 iOS Apps available on the App Store

4D Piano Pocket Player is the perfect solution when it comes to playing back any piano track in multiple speeds and transpositions. Mandarin Pinyin & IPA Central and Cantonese Jyutping & IPA Central transcribe any scanned or inputted Chinese text into speech and pronunciation instantly and accurately.

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The Multifunctional Pianist: The Recipe for Orchestral Color and Playing

NATS Publication

Article on the Collab Corner in the NATS Journal of Singing

"As vocal pianists throughout our studies and careers, we all work with piano reductions encountered in choral and operatic repertoire. Singers, who study these works through the lens of a piano score or reduction, depend on accompanists’ or coaches’ expertise in realizing these scores, while adapting accordingly to different needs in their preparation..."

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4D Piano

4D Piano

The world's best web app solution for realtime accompaniment

A collaborative web app for accompanists and artists. Allows for realtime, low latency rehearsal with a tapping or automation trigger, or an actual pianist through a midi keyboard over WebRTC video chat. Subscription required. 4D Piano has been featured on the NATS Journal of Singing, The Opera Database, and SoCal Vocalist Relief Fund livestreams.

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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.

“Put simply, Lucas Wong’s piano interpretations of Couperin and Rameau yield nothing to Marcelle Meyer, Alexandre Tharaud or Angela Hewitt for sensitivity and refinement…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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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. In-depth analyses of three particular études (Pour les octaves, Pour les degrés chromatiques, and Pour les notes répétées) elucidate the role of humour, which is often neglected in late Debussy style. Humour provides a vital source of pleasure for performers of the Douze études, but it also functioned as a medical cure for Debussy, allowing him to compose during a period of significant global and personal turmoil.

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Ma contrebasse chèrie



Remembering Debussy




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Mostly Debussy V



A Tribute to William Bolcom




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