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First in Asia to conduct the complete Beethoven piano concertos from keyboard, Cho Ki (Jacky) Wong completed Master of Conducting at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music under Professor Imre Pallo with full scholarship – the George Henderson (postgraduate) Scholarship. Wong was appointed as the principal conductor of the Hong Kong Grandmaster Youth Philharmonic Orchestra and the Kwai Tsing Youth Orchestra in between the seasons of 2007 – 2009. Wong also participated the Conductors Retreat at Medomak 2009 and studied with Kenneth Keisler. In Sydney, Wong has conducted the Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra, Woollahra Philharmonic Orchestra, Eastern Sydney Chamber Orchestra and Choir and the Beecroft Orchestra. He has served as assistant conductor to Maestro Pallo in the production of Mozart’s La Finta Giardiniera.

As an active pianist, Wong graduated from Master of piano performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, studied with Mr. Gerard Willems. The master degree is supported by the Molly McAulay Memorial Scholarship 2009 – given by the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, where he studied as visiting student after graduated from the Hong Kong Baptist University in 2008. His piano teachers included Prof. Gabriel Kwok, Mr. Cui Shi-guang and Mr. You Da-chun. He is the winner of the HK (Asia) Piano Open Competition in 2002, the ASKM Gold Coast Open Piano Competition in 2010 and City of Wollongong Eisteddfod Open Piano Scholarship in 2011.

He has appeared regularly as soloist with numerous orchestras in Hong Kong and Australia. His repertoire includes Mozart Piano Concertos, the complete Beethoven Piano Concertos, Chopin Piano concerto no. 1, Dohnanyi Variations on a nursery theme and Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto no. 3. As accompanist, he works with world renowned flutist Jane Rutter in “An Australian in Paris” national tour.

Besides appearing as conductor and soloist, Wong has performed as harpsichordist with the Collegium Musicum Hong Kong at Harlaxton International Chamber Music Festival, Ely Cathedral and Southwark Cathedral in the UK, Central Conservatory of Music, and University of Beijing.

Wong has been interviewed by ABC Classic FM, 2ac Australian Chinese Radio, Life Monthly magazine and RTHK Radio 4.

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