Pianist/Coach Ming Kwong is very active in the world of opera and musical theater. In Hong Kong, he was just engaged to be the chorus master for the upcoming “L’elixir d’amore” production of Musica Viva in June 2017. He is also the music director for the inaugural production “Hänsel und Gretel” at HKU Black Box.
His past credits include being: an audition pianist for the Washington National Opera Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program and Aspen Opera Theater; a full-time vocal coach at Portland Opera for their production of “Postcard from Morocco”; the Music Director of the Undergraduate Opera Theater at Manhattan School of Music; an assistant coach position at Glimmerglass Opera and Tanglewood Music Center (assisting Maestro James Levine, the music director of Metropolitan Opera, on Don Giovanni); an apprenticeship with Florida Grand Opera for their 2008-2009 season; a staff accompanist at NYU Tisch School of Drama, Metropolitan Opera Guild and the National Endowment of the Arts. He has been invited frequently to join summer programs as a faculty coach. They include the CoOPERAtive program in New Jersey, Opera on the Avalon in Newfoundland, Canada.
As a solo pianist, Mr. Kwong has been a prizewinner of numerous competitions, including First Prize in the Advanced Improvisation and Second Prize in the Advanced Bach Session in the 12th Hong Kong (Asia) Piano Open Competition. World-renowned halls he has appeared in include Carnegie Hall, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. He performed during Joey Reynolds’s show in New York City – WOR news talk radio 710HD — in October 2009. He holds a Fellowship of Trinity College London (FTCL) as well as a Fellowship of Royal School of Music (FRSM) in solo piano with distinction.
Ming Kwong holds a Master’s degree in Piano Accompanying from Manhattan School of Music under the tutelage of Warren Jones, and a Master’s degree in Vocal Performance from New England Conservatory. He attended the prestigious Music Academy of the West with full scholarship.