Jerry Wong holds the position of Associate Professor of Piano at Kent State University in Ohio, where he is also co-director of the summer Piano Institute at Kent State and a member of the Kent/Blossom Music faculty. A Steinway Artist, he has performed in major centers throughout the United States, Europe, and Asi...a. He has presented lecture recitals at several Music Teachers National Association state conferences and given master classes at many universities, conservatories, and festivals. His CD featuring the music of Sergei Prokofiev on the MSR Classics label has garnered praise worldwide. More

Seymour: More than an introduction

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My introduction to Seymour My earliest exposure to Seymour Bernstein came during childhood, after hearing several student performances of his beloved impressionistic suite, Birds . Inspired by one of Bernstein's own pupils, Birds charts the progress of a precocious student named Christopher as he moves towards specific pianistic goals—such as evenn...
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Always give your maximum: A conversation with Menahem Pressler

Menahem Pressler -  photo by Marco Borggreve. Courtesy of Columbia Artists Management.
Menahem Pressler, best known as the pianist of the unparalleled Beaux Arts Trio for more than fifty years and a revered Distinguished Professor at Indiana University's Jacob School of Music for even longer, continues a daunting schedule of performing and teaching. At age ninety-two, he shows no signs of slowing down, as plans for the future and the...
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How do you avoid assigning repertoire that is too difficult too soon?

​Each spring, I adjudicate festivals and write comments, review auditions for a summer program that I co-direct, and judge precollegiate competitions. Sitting with other pianists on these panels, the conversation is often something like: "Wasn't it wonderful the way Student X played repertoire at his or her level with polish and fine preparati...
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