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Alvin Wong

Cello

Hailed by the press for his "warm hall-filling" tone and "moments of magic” in his playing, cellist Alvin Wong has appeared as a concerto soloist in Asia, Australia, Europe and USA. Critics described his recent Italian debut with the Boccherini Concerto “showed remarkable technique…conveyed expressive poetry with great intensity.” As a recitalist and chamber musician, Alvin toured China, southern Europe and the U.S., performing in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Seoul Arts Center, and Hong Kong Cultural Centre.

An enthusiast in new music, Alvin has premiered concertos written for him by Barry Conyngham (ANZAC), James Ogburn (Cello Concerto: Singularity) and Angel Lam (Disappearing Garden, Capital Dream), and solo cello works by Chen Yi, Norbert Palej and Stuart Greenbaum, among others. He has also collaborated with composers such as Bright Sheng, Ezra Laderman, Zhou Long, and Augusta Read Thomas, and recorded works by Claude Baker and Ingram Marshall. Recently he presented recitals of all-Chinese contemporary works across China and USA, and was a featured artist at The Thailand International Composition Festival and Intimacy of Creativity (Hong Kong).

As a chamber musician, Alvin has appeared in the Atlantic Music Festival (Maine), the iPalpiti Festival of International Soloists (Los Angeles), and Festival de Carvalho (Brazil), and Missouri Symphony Orchestra Festival (USA). He was a founding member of the award-winning Noble Trio (piano trio), and performed with artists such as Ani Kavafian, Frederieke Saeijs and Jian Wang.

Alvin joined the faculty of the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music at The University of Melbourne (Australia) in January 2014.  Prior, he taught at Connecticut College (USA), and served as the principal cellist of the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra. He has given masterclasses in Australia, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and across the US. Alvin holds music degrees from Eastman, Indiana and Yale, where he received the Doctor of Musical Arts and Artist Diploma. His major teachers were legendary cellists and pedagogues Janos Starker and Aldo Parisot. 

In 2015, Alvin founded and directed the inaugural Melbourne Cello Festival to “a huge success…buzzing with excitement from day one. Well run and inspiring!” reported by Stringendo, the national Australian strings magazine.