Biography

Canadian pianist Lucas Wong is equally at home as a soloist, chamber musician, pedagogue, and répétiteur. His repertoire covers harpsichord, piano, and extended keyboard techniques. His CD Scherzando Piano (Titanic Records) features music by Debussy and Chabrier. His work includes scholarly writing, music adjudication, and a cross-discipline research project on software algorithms for piano reduction. His essay "Humour in Late Debussy" was published in The Musical Times. He gave a Debussy lecture at the Juilliard School.


Lucas Wong has performed in many prestigious international venues, including Carnegie Hall, CBC Vancouver, the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Seoul’s Sejong Center, and the University of Hong Kong Grand Hall. As a soloist, he has appeared with orchestras. On tour, Lucas has played rarely performed pieces, such as Liszt-Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique and George Crumb's Makrokosmos. He founded Mostly Debussy, a multi-year lecture-recital series, including commissioning three distinguished composers to write a new solo piano cycle to be dedicated to Debussy in 2018 (the 100th anniversary of his passing). 


As a chamber musician, Lucas Wong has performed with world-renowned artists such as Joseph Alessi, Soovin Kim, Susanne Mentzer, Frank Morelli, David Shifrin, and Fei Song. A versatile partner for both instrumentalists and vocalists, he is also a superb vocal coach and assistant conductor. Lucas has been on the roster of the New York City Opera, SongFest, OPERA America, the Opera Theater of Connecticut, and the Hugo Kauder Society. He has been the official accompanist for auditions in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the Music Academy of the West, and iSing!Suzhou. He is the founding artistic director of Liederfest, an innovative art song festival in Suzhou, China. 


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 established a fresh approach to the school’s functional keyboard course and developed comprehensive curricula for chamber music and collaborative arts. He maintains guest teaching positions at top institutions across Asia, such as Seoul National University, Peking University, Hong Kong Baptist University, Shanghai Conservatory of Music, UCSI University Institute of Music, and Xinghai Conservatory of Music. 


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, Rena Sharon, and Robert Silverman. He holds a Post-Graduate Collaborative Piano Fellowship from Bard College Conservatory of Music. He has been generously supported by the Début Competition (Canada), the Marilyn Horne Foundation, the Yale School of Music Alumni Association, 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.