Dr. Grace Fong
Director of Keyboard Studies, Chapman University
Born in Los Angeles, Fong was a Trustee (full) Scholarship recipient at the University of Southern California where she completed a double major and minor. At USC, Fong was awarded the prestigious Renaissance Scholar Prize. She completed her Master's and Doctoral degrees at the Cleveland Institute of Music as a recipient of the Victor Babin Scholarship and was awarded the Sadie Zellen and William Kurzban piano prizes. At CIM, she studied with Sergei Babayan. She also received the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award from the Colburn School in Los Angeles. Besides Sergei Babayan, her teachers and mentors include John Perry, Louise Lepley, Paulina Drake and Norberto Cappone. Fong is currently the Director of Piano Studies at Chapman University’s Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music. Fong is an enthusiastic supporter of the education of young musicians and has served as guest artist and teacher at numerous musical festivals. Fong is a gold medalist and prizewinner of numerous international competitions, including the prestigious Leeds in the United Kingdom, International Liszt, Cleveland International, Bosendorfer International, San Antonio International, Viardo International, Wideman International, and Music Academy of the West Concerto Competition. Fong is also the winner of one of America's most prestigious piano awards, the Christel DeHaan Classical Fellowship of the American Pianists Association (the first female winner in 12 years). She also won the Grand Prize in piano from the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts and thereafter was named a "Presidential Scholar in the Arts,’” for which she was awarded a performance at the Kennedy Center and presented with a medallion by the President of the United States at the White House. Fong has been featured at major venues including Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall; the Kennedy Center; the Musco Center for the Arts; Phillips Collection; the Hollywood Bowl; and the National Center for Performing Arts, Beijing. Radio and television performances have included the British Broadcasting Company, "Performance Today" on National Public Radio, WFMT “Live from Chicago,” WCLV-FM Cleveland, KUSC Los Angeles, and the "Emerging Young Artists" series in New York. She also can be heard on the RED label and on the Heinz label for Starbucks release. She has performed as soloist with the Mariinsky Theater Orchestra under Valery Gergiev, the Halle Orchestra in the United Kingdom under Mark Elder, the Polish Chamber Orchestra under Wojciech Rajski, and Music Academy of the West Festival Orchestra, among others.