“Three Pianists” concert celebrates 20th anniversary of Cameron High School Piano Competition

The Cameron University Department of Music will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the university’s High School Piano Competition with events including a concert featuring guest pianist Dr. Jerry Wong and Cameron faculty members Thomas Labé and Hyunsoon Whang on Friday, March 1 at 7:30 p.m. Each pianist will perform solo piano music written by Schubert, Liszt, Saint-Saëns and others. The three will then unite to conclude the performance with a six-hand piano piece. The concert is open to the public at no charge.

“The Three Pianists” concert is made possible by Cameron University Lectures and Concerts Series.

Wong, Labé and Whang will also serve as judges for the Cameron University High School Piano Competition, which will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 2, in the McCutcheon Recital Hall.

A nationally renowned pianist, Wong will also present two master classes: one for Cameron music students on Friday, March 1, at 11 a.m. and one for high school students on Saturday, March 2, at 1:30 p.m.

Wong has performed throughout the United States, Europe and Asia in prestigious settings including the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach, National Concert Hall of Taipei, National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., Opera City Hall in Tokyo, PianoForte in Chicago, Shriver Hall in Baltimore and Weill Recital Hall in New York City. An avid chamber musician and collaborative pianist, he has toured extensively with trumpeter Joe Burgstaller, performed an all-Schubert recital with violinist Werner Hink, concertmaster of the Vienna Philharmonic, and appeared with the flute duo ZAWA! at the Ithaca Flute Institute. He performs regularly at Kent/Blossom Music, where he has been featured with violinist Soovin Kim, the Miami String Quartet and members of The Cleveland Orchestra.

A graduate of Indiana University, Peabody Conservatory and Manhattan School of Music, where he earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree, Wong is an associate professor of piano at Kent State University. During the summers, he is co-director of the Piano Institute at Kent State and a member of the Kent/Blossom Music faculty.

Whang, the McMahon Endowed Chair in Music, founded the Cameron University High School Competition 20 years ago to encourage talented and motivated high school piano students and to give them a performance opportunity in a competitive setting. Monetary prizes and partial tuition waivers to Cameron University will be offered to the top prize winners.

For more information, contact the Department of Music at 580-581-2440.


February 21, 2013