Mr. Samuel Wong

Violin Teacher, Student

Samuel Wong

SAA Member

Brunei born violinist Samuel Wong began his musical training at the age of 5, studying piano with his mother. He later started taking violin lessons at 6 in local music schools in Brunei, but due to the lack of teachers and musical opportunities, he went to Singapore at the age of 14 to study under Dr. Choo Shiow-Ling and later moved to Rochester, NY at 17 to study under Jeremy Zhu. Samuel received his Bachelor of Music in violin performance from the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College, SUNY where he studied under Calvin Wiersma. He is currently pursuing his Master of Music degree in violin performance and Suzuki pedagogy at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, where he is studying under Mark Bjork. While at Purchase College, Samuel has performed with the Purchase Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Michael Adelson, David Gilbert, Guillermo Figueroa, Karina Canellakis and Ransom Wilson. He currently performs in the University Symphony Orchestra at the University of Minnesota under the direction of Mark Russell Smith. Samuel has performed in masterclasses that were held by Bayla Keyes, Ben Sayevich and the Boston Trio. He has participated in various music festivals/camps which have included: Eastman music horizons (Rochester, NY), Euro music festival (Germany), Apple Hill chamber music workshop (Nelson, NH), Bowdoin international music festival (Brunswick, ME), Killington music festival (Killington, VT) and Manchester music festival (Manchester, VT).