KAYLA WONG

Canadian pianist Kayla Wong has been praised as an artist with "stunning piano stylings" (The Leader-Post).  "Her playing is dramatic and polished," with a "flawless technique [that] seems to have no limitations" (WholeNote Magazine).  Kayla has established herself as a successful independent recording artist with albums that have received acclaim throughout North America, Asia, and Europe.  Her two albums recorded on her own label Luminous Vine Records, display her versatility in style and her varied palette of sound - from her love of French, Romantic, and Contemporary music on her debut album Allure, to the old Hollywood movie music on her Starlight album.  Kayla has a passion for new and contemporary music, but also a love for the classics and lesser known compositions in the piano repertoire.  She has recorded the music of Maurice Ravel, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Samuel Barber, and George Gershwin, but has also put a spotlight on composers like Cuban composer, Ernesto Lecuona, and Tin Pan Alley Jazz composer, Dana Suesse.

Throughout the last decade, Kayla has enjoyed a multi-faceted career.  As a soloist, Kayla has performed throughout North America and Asia with notable performances at Carnegie Hall in New York and the Hong Kong Cultural Centre in Hong Kong.  She has also performed as guest artist with many orchestras across Canada which include the Regina Symphony Orchestra, Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra, Timmins Symphony Orchestra, and the University of Victoria Symphony Orchestra.  Aside from her solo performances, Kayla has performed as an orchestra member with the Prince George Symphony Orchestra where she served as Principal Keyboardist.  She has also enjoyed being an accompanist, chamber musician, and piano teacher.  As an award-winning pianist in national and international competitions, many of Kayla's performances have been broadcasted in Canada on CBC programs like Symphony Hall, and The Signal.

Kayla was born and raised in the small town of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, and began piano lessons at the age of seven.  At the age of fifteen, Kayla obtained her ARCT Piano Performance Diploma from Toronto's Royal Conservatory of Music with one of the highest marks in the country.  She also holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Victoria, and a Master of Music from the University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music.  Further musical studies have taken her to The Banff Centre where she spent several summers as an artist in the International Keyboard Festival.