Michele Wong is a NYC-based pianist with a passion for collaboration, and bringing classical repertoire to a diverse range of audiences. Currently a C. V. Starr Doctoral Fellow at Juilliard studying with Dr Lydia Brown, she received her MM in collaborative piano from Indiana University under the tutelage of Aram Arakelyan, Anne Epperson and Kevin Murphy, and her BM for piano performance from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with Douglas Humpherys. Prior to her college studies, Michele studied privately with pianist Ann Schein. She has also coached with renowned artists such as Martin Katz, Graham Johnson, Warren Jones, Kathleen Kelly, Jonathan Feldman, Carol Vaness, Frederica von Stade, Tamara Wilson, Anthony Dean Griffey, Pascal Roge, Atar Arad, Craig Rutenberg, Javier Arrebola, Rita Sloan, Paul Groves, Stephen Wadsworth, Donald Palumbo, Philippe Muller, and members of the Juilliard Quartet, Ying Quartet, Pacifica Quartet, and the Jupiter Quartet. Just as passionate about new music as she is about standard repertoire, Michele has also worked with several leading composers of today on performances of their works, including John Harbison, Ben Moore, and Jake Heggie, among others.
Michele is an avid performer of vocal, duo, and chamber music. She was a participant in SourceSong 2023, and attended Songfest as a recipient of their Stern Fellowship in 2022. She was also invited to participate in Schubert Institut (2023) as well as Aspen’s collaborative piano program (2020, canceled due to the Covid pandemic.) At age 11, she was the very first Next Generation Artist featured by the Omega Ensemble. As one of their featured performers, as well as in collaboration with other similar organizations such as Project: Music Heals Us and the Howland Chamber Music series, she has performed with some of the leading chamber musicians of today, such as members of the Escher string quartet, among others. She has also been a frequent collaborator with the Empire Film and Media Ensemble at the Eastman School of Music, whose performances were broadcasted over the radio. As a frequent guest artist for the Caumsett Summer Concert series, she has given solo recitals as well as collaborative performances. She has also performed on various collaborative recitals at venues such as Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music and the UC’s College- Conservatory of Music.
Michele received the Honorary Mention prize in the IYAPC Competition, and as a child in 2010 was a top-prize winner of the Concert Festival International Competition, later on receiving their Educational Grant as well as a scholarship to perform in Portugal. Michele was a featured soloist with the Connecticut Virtuosi Orchestra and the Island Chamber Symphony Orchestra. In addition to performances in some of the most prestigious venues in the U.S., including Carnegie Hall, the Kaufman Center, the San Francisco Conservatory, and Bruno Walter Auditorium, she has also performed in St. Petersburg, Russia at the Alexander Nevsky Lavra and the Museum of Theater and Music.
Michele is also a dedicated piano teacher and coach, committed to helping students of all levels to find their own musical voice through personalized instruction and varied repertoire. In addition to teaching piano and coaching singers privately, Michele was also a teaching artist/apprentice vocal coach for What Is Opera, Anyway? and baritone Colin Levin’s online repertoire classes for Nordic and German/French art song. She is on faculty at West Amadeus Music Studio, where she enjoys teaching private students of all ages and levels.