Pianist/Coach Ming Kwong is very active in the world of opera. In fall 2014, he played the NYC auditions for Washington National Opera Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program, Glimmerglass Opera Young Artist Program, Portland Opera Young Artist Program and Aspen Opera Theater. In spring 2014, he joined the music staff at Portland Opera for their production of “Postcard from Morocco” by Dominic Argento. He is currently the coach-accompanist at Manhattan Opera Studio, Manhattan Opera Repertory Ensemble (MORE Opera) and Opera Company Brooklyn. He is well-known for his ability to adjust tempo, give singers time to breathe and help them through a phrase in a totally unrehearsed situation. Ming is regularly engaged by the Metropolitan Opera Guild as well to accompany their master class series.
His past credits include an assistant coach position at Glimmerglass Opera, Tanglewood Music Center (assisting Maestro James Levine on Don Giovanni), and an apprenticeship with Florida Grand Opera for their 2008-2009 season. 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. He held a fellowship coach position at the Aspen Summer Music Festival and was a vocal pianist at the prestigious Music Academy of the West, where Marilyn Horne chairs the program. Mr. Kwong was the Music Director of the Undergraduate Opera Theater at Manhattan School of Music and has also worked with Maestro George Manahan on Cosi fan tutte.
Ming is also very familiar with the Musical Theater repertoire. He has been the staff accompanist at NYU Tisch School of Drama since September 2013. He has also worked with YoungArts (National Endowment of the Arts) since January 2009.
Equally at home in operatic repertoire and recital, Ming Kwong made his Kennedy Center (D.C) debut with Metropolitan Opera Competition Grand Winner Lori Guilbeau. He was chosen to work with Martin Katz and Craig Rutenberg in the renowned Cleveland Art Songs Festival in 2010. Other credits include performing on the Stephanie Blythe master class at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the Joey Reynolds show – WOR news talk radio 710HD in October 2009.
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. 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.