Grace Fong (USA)
Praised as “positively magical,” an artist of “rare eloquence and grace,” American pianist GRACE FONG enjoys a career as an international concerto soloist, recitalist, chamber musician and teacher. She has gained critical acclaim in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia, making appearances at major venues around the world, including Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Severance Hall in Cleveland, Ohio, Phillips Collection, Disney Hall, Hollywood Bowl, Great Hall in Leeds, UK, the Liszt Academy in Budapest, Konzerthaus Dortmund, Germany, among others.
Radio/television broadcasts have included British Broadcasting Company, WCLV-FM 104.9, KUSC 91.5 FM in Los Angeles, the “Emerging Young Artists” series in New York, and “Performance Today” on National Public Radio. Performances with orchestras have included the Halle Orchestra in the United Kingdom, the Polish Chamber Orchestra, the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Phoenix Symphony, Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra, among others.
Described by one critic as “absolutely astounding-and now I’ve run out of praiseworthy adjectives,” Dr. Fong is a prizewinner of numerous international competitions, including the prestigious Leeds International Piano Competition in the United Kingdom, the Cleveland International Piano Competition, Bosendorfer International Piano Competition, San Antonio International Piano Competition, Viardo International Piano Competition, among others. Dr. Fong is also the first female winner in twelve years of one of America’s most prestigious piano awards, the Christel De Haan Classical Fellowship of the American Pianists Association. Previously, Dr. Fong has won the Grand Prize in piano from the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts and was thereafter named a “Presidential Scholar in the Arts”, and was presented a medallion by former President Clinton at the White House.
Dr. Fong is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music where she studied with Sergei Babayan who describes Dr. Fong as “not only a true artist and an exciting virtuoso, but a sensitive poet who can speak about the most important of subjects through the craft of her hands.” During the course of her undergraduate studies at the University of Southern California, Dr. Fong completed a double major and minor; she was awarded the prestigious Renaissance Scholar Prize, and was named “The USC Thornton School of Music Keyboard Department’s – Most Outstanding Student – B.M.” Former teachers include Sergei Babayan, John Perry, Louise Lepley, Paulina Drake, and Norberto Cappone.
Dr. Fong is currently the Director of Keyboard Studies at Chapman University Conservatory of Music where she has been awarded the faculty excellence award at the Conservatory of Music. She is also faculty at Claremont Graduate University, teaching and advising Doctoral Candidates of Piano Performance. An enthusiastic supporter of the education of young musicians, Dr. Fong has served as faculty and performer at the Innsbrook Summer Festival, the New Hampshire Music Festival, the Salt Spring Piano Festival, the Montecito Summer Festival, and the Sitka Chamber Music Festival. A chamber music enthusiast, Dr. Fong frequently performs in chamber music settings.
Dr. Fong can be seen on the Alexander Toradze documentary on WNIT-TV and national PBS; she can be heard on the RED label, and on the Heinz label for Starbucks release. For more information, please visit: www.pianistgracefong.com.