“Fong has performed with the Mariinsky Theater Orchestra under Valery Gergiev, the Polish Chamber Orchestra under Wojcec Rajski, the Halle Orchestra in the United Kingdom under Mark Elder and many, many more orchestras around the world.”
Dr. Grace Fong
Director of Keyboard Studies, Chapman University
Dr. Grace Fong
Director of Keyboard Studies Chapman University
Grace Fong is an award-winning American pianist who has performed as a concerto soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, and contemporary keyboard artist on stages all over the world. She has garnered critical acclaim in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Asia.
Fong has performed at some of the biggest venues in the world, including Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, the Kennedy Center the Liszt Academy in Budapest and the National Center for Performing Arts, Beijing. She has also performed live on TV and radio, including the BBC’s Performance Today, WFMT “Live from Chicago, KUSC Los Angeles and the Emerging Young Artists series in New York.
In her career as a soloist, Fong has performed with the Mariinsky Theater Orchestra under Valery Gergiev, the Polish Chamber Orchestra under Wojcec Rajski, the Halle Orchestra in the United Kingdom under Mark Elder and many, many more orchestras around the world.
Her performances are internationally claimed. She is a winner of multiple international competitions, including the International Liszt, Cleveland International, San Antonio International, Wideman International and the Music Academy of the West Concerto Competition. Other awards include the Best Performances Prize of Baroque, Classical, and Contemporary works and the Jury’s Selection Prize. Fong is also a recipient of the Christel DeHaan Classical Fellowship of the American Pianists Association and was the first female winner in 12 years. Further, she has won the Grand Prize in piano from the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts and was named a Presidential Scholar in the Arts.
Fong studied at the University of Southern California, where she graduated with a double major and minor, was awarded the Renaissance Scholar Prize and was named The USC Thornton School of Music Keyboard Department’s Most Outstanding Student.
Fong completed Masters and Doctoral studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music under the Victor Babin Scholarship, where she won the Sadie Zellen and William Kurzban piano prizes.
Today, Fong is a Director of Piano Studies at Chapman University’s Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music. She is a devoted supporter of education for young musicians and serves as a guest artist and teacher at multiple festivals, including the Semper International Music Festival, the Innsbrook Summer Festival, the Salt Spring Piano Festival and the Costa Rica Piano Festival.
Fong is well known for her collaborations with other artists outside of the music industry. This has included a music video filmed by London director Mike Figgis, a performance at the Imperial Castle of Nuremberg with two-star Michelin Chef, Andree Köthe, performances with the band Pink Martini, and a collaboration with choreographer Alicia Okouchi-Guy, who has worked on Prince, the Oprah Winfrey Show, and MTV.
“The incredible authenticity of Shigeru Kawai sound brings a great character to my performance”
Dr. Grace Fong