KAYLA WONG

          Canadian pianist Kayla Wong grew up in a small town in Canada, with big dreams and a love for music - little did she know how far her hard work and musical talent would take her!  She is a rarity in the Classical music world with her own independent record label, Luminous Vine Records, receiving acclaim  from North America, Asia, and Europe for her debut album Allure, and her most recent album, Starlight.  She is known for her unique, original programs and fresh musical perspective, and praised for her "stunning piano stylings" (The Leader Post), "polished" playing, and "flawless technique [that] seems to have no limitations" (WholeNote Magazine).  Through Luminous Vine Records, Kayla has put a spotlight on some rare composers of the past and present day - Cuban composer Ernesto Lecuona, Tin Pan Alley Jazz composer Dana Suesse, and Spanish film and concert composer Manuel Ruiz del Corral.

          As guest artist with many orchestras across Canada, she has performed with the Regina Symphony Orchestra, Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra, Timmins Symphony Orchestra, University of Victoria Orchestra, Sinfonia Prince George, and the Prince George Symphony Orchestra.  As a soloist, she has had notable performances at some of the world's premiere concert halls, which include New York's Carnegie Hall, and Hong Kong's Cultural Centre.  As a chamber musician, and her role as Principal Keyboardist with the Prince George Symphony Orchestra, she has performed everything from Bach to Bernstein, to Messiaen, and even video game music - always loving the challenges and expanding her versatility in all genres of music!  Throughout her career, Kayla has been sought after as a pianist to premiere many new works by composers, whether it be a solo piece, a chamber work, or an orchestral composition.

          Kayla Wong is also an award-winning pianist in many national, and international piano competitions.  Her performances and recordings have been broadcast nationally on Canada's CBC radio station, and internationally on various radio programs around the world.

          Kayla holds a Master of Music from the Thornton School of Music of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Victoria.  As one of Canada's youngest graduates at the age of 15, Kayla obtained her ARCT Piano Performance Diploma from the Royal Conservatory of Music of Toronto, with one of the highest marks in Canada.  Further musical studies have taken Kayla to The Banff Centre, where she took part in the International Keyboard Festival.