Esme Wong

Staff Pianist

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Contact

Email: ewong1@twu.edu 

Profile

Born and raised in a diverse and multicultural background, Esme Wong is a Malaysian classical pianist who grew up speaking three languages and lived in three countries. Enjoying versatile performances, she has performed a wide range of works from early to contemporary. She enjoys arts in various cultures and has traveled to 15 countries. Through her unique educational experience at United World College, she is inspired by global social movements and has participated in community works in Cambodia, the Philippines, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Esme was awarded the certificate of excellence and made her first solo piano debut at the age of 12 at the Trinity College of London Awards and Concert.  Later, she received the Diploma Licentiate at Trinity College of London (LTCL) at the age of 14. She was the pianist of Malaysian Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (MPYO) at the age of 16, where she started to develop her love for chamber music. In the following year, she was the only Malaysian to receive the prestigious Davis United World College Scholarship as a music scholar to study chamber music with one of the pioneer piano trios, Trio di Trieste, in Italy.  She was regularly given the opportunity to perform in various events or concerts in the cities near the college, for instance at Trieste, Bologna, Gorizia, Monfalcone and Udine throughout her two years of education in Italy.

In 2012, she performed her first piano concerto with Fort Dodge Symphony Orchestra in the United States. She is also the pianist of Luther College Symphony Orchestra (LCSO) under the artistic conductor, Dr. Daniel Baldwin. Esme spent three-and-a-half weeks in January 2011 with Luther College Symphony Orchestra at Vienna, Austria and performed three concerts at Kulturzentrum Oberschützen, Stadtsaal Stockerau, and the prestigious Konzerthaus Vienna.

Esme began her musical adventure at the age of 4 under the guidance of her mother, Sabrina Tnay.  Her recent appearances include Mendelssohn Piano Concerto in Malaysia, duo performance with Kathleen Crabtree at the First Annual Collab Fest in University of North Texas for Anne Epperson, world premiered a choral piece by Robert Beaser with UNT Choral and vocal collaborative works in SongFest at Colburn Conservatory where she studies with Graham Johnson, Alan Smith, Martin Katz, Kayo Iwama and worked with living composers, Jake Heggie and Libby Larsen.

Esme is currently a staff pianist at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, TX. She holds a master’s degree in Collaborative Piano and a teaching assistant from the University of North Texas, where she studies with Dr. Elvia Puccinelli and Dr. Steven Harlos. She earned Bachelor of Arts in Music from Luther College where she studied with Dr. Du Huang and Dr. Jessica Paul. She has studied extensively with Yap Chiew Phin,  Igor Cognolato and Cristina Santin throughout her musical adventures.