Tsz-To Wong

Cello Teacher

Tsz-To Wong

SAA Member

Contact

Houston, TX
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“A wonderful young man with excellent musicianship and character to match.” 

 - Michelle Kim, founder of Hong Kong Generation Next Arts

Biography

Born and raised in Hong Kong, award-winning cellist Tsz To Wong has performed internationally to great acclaim.  Since his debut in 2007, Tsz To appeared as a soloist with orchestras regularly and his performances includes Dvořák’s Cello Concerto, Haydn’s Cello Concerto, Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations and Popper’s Hungarian Rhapsody.  Tsz To made his recital debut at Carnegie Hall (New York) with pianist Shelley Ng in 2016, he has also performed in other renowned venues such as Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (New York), Severance Hall (Cleveland), Musikverein (Vienna), and the Hong Kong Cultural Centre.  He was featured as the Cello Solo in the world premiere performance of Lou Harrison’s Double Concerto for Violin, Cello, and Percussion Ensemble arranged by Art Gottschalk at Rice University.  He has worked with some of the greatest musicians in the 20th century such as Lorin Maazel, Andris Nelsons, Lynn Harrell, Larry Rachleff, Desmond Hoebig, James Dunham, Peter Salaff, the Juilliard String Quartet and the Cavani String Quartet.  Recent performance highlights include concerts at Tanglewood Music Center and a tour in Mediterranean Europe and Central America performing on Holland America Line through its partnership with Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

Tsz To holds a Master degree in Suzuki Pedagogy and Cello Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music studying with Mark Kosower and a Master degree in Cello Performance from Rice University under the tutelage of Norman Fischer. Already in his 22nd year of playing the cello and the 10th year of teaching, Tsz To is a fully-trained Suzuki cello teacher. He has registered training of Cello Unit 1-10 and Every Child Can! with the Suzuki Association of the Americas. He worked as an assistant teacher at the Sato Center for Suzuki Studies in Cleveland Ohio for two years. He also has multi-year experience in directing school orchestra program aside from active studio and group class teaching.

As the recipient of Appassionata Endowed Scholarship in Music from Rice University and Fellowship Diploma from Trinity Guildhall, Tsz To is the top-prize winner of numerous competitions, including Gold Prize of the Cleveland Cello Society Competition 2016 – Collegiate Division, First Place of the American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition 2016—College students and professional musicians and the second runner-up in the Getting to Carnegie – Cello Competition in New York.  He is also awarded the Asian Cultural Council Hong Kong Arts Circle Fellowship and the Ohio Federation of Music Clubs Music Scholarship.