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Jeremy Wong Wing Kwan MMus, BMus(Hons), LTCL

Jeremy Wong is an accomplished Singaporean pianist and the president of World Piano Teachers Association (WPTA) Finland. Having graduated from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) from the Diploma in Music as the best graduate (Class of 2009), he continued his Bachelor in Music (Hons) studies at the Royal College of Music which he graduated with a First Class honors in 2013. Besides Classical music, Jeremy is also actively involved in other areas of performing arts such as theatre accompaniment, musical theatre productions, improvised accompaniment and pop music gigs.

In 2010, he took on the role of a music director for a local musical production ‘A Word From Our Sponsor’. Since 2015, he has been engaged as a pop and Classical instrumentalist with Cassanova production Oy, Finland. His latest venture was an invited performance trip at Hengyang Radio Broadcast concert hall and Guangzhou, China (2017); a joint improvisatory collaboration to accompany Charlie Chaplin’s silent film – The Kid in cinema Orion (2017); and band coordinator of the annual Independence day celebration in Helsinki Cathedral.

For the past few years, Jeremy has devoted much time to experiment with the pedagogics of improvising with different contemporary styles. This includes a three-volume text on Applied Improvisation (2014) and Adult Improvisation Course for Adult learners (2018), that contains pedagogue materials for theory-led improvisations. Apart from this, he has also written two research texts; on an analytical – led performance aspect of selected Schubert’s piano sonatas and the study of formal functions in the Seasons op. 37 by Tchaikovsky respectively.

Jeremy graduated from Sibelius Academy with a Masters in music theory in 2017. In addition, he had a successful ‘A level’ professional piano examination under the tutelage of Jarmo Eerikäinen. He studied Jazz piano with Joonas Haavisto and is currently working with Jazz flautist Juhani Aaltonen. Since 2014, he has been the visiting accompanist for Swedish missions choir, Furahakören, and the resident pianist and band coordinator of the Swedish speaking church, Andreaskyrkan. In 2017, Jeremy won third prize in the 7th International piano competition in Milan (Italy). He is presently a part-time piano and theory instructor, and ABRSM coordinator in the International school of music (ISM), and engaged as a research assistant in NAFA, Singapore.

Q&A

Where are you from and what instruments do you play?
I’m Hong Kong born, Singaporean pianist and music theorist.

If you weren’t a musician what would you be doing?
I would probably be a journalist.

Where did you study?
I studied in Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore and Royal College of Music London, before
coming to Finland.

Where are you studying now?
I graduated with a masters degree in piano from Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki.

What was the thing that got you interested in music?
Piano, sound and imagination.

Why are you in Finland?
After graduating from Sibelius Academy, I have been actively involved as a music educator , concert
organiser and music director of various organisations in Finland.

Who is your favourite musician/composer?
Many, but perhaps Franz Schubert if I have to pick only one.

What has been your most special musical experience to date?
Every performance is in itself a special musical experience, but the most memorable is definitely that
time when I performed in Carnegie Hall, NYC.

Do you have any secret/not-so-secret (unmusical) talents?
Cooking.

Do you have a guilty pleasure?
Nope.

Tea or coffee?
Depends.

Cats or dogs?
Dog.

Salad or Pizza?
Depends.

What is your favourite country to visit?
Hong Kong

What is your favourite season?
Summer

What is your favourite food?
Anything soupy

Do you have hobbies?
Cooking, exercise, reading.