Tracy Wong

Classical Pianist | music & career coaching

Tracy Wong

Technique & Artistry

Question about something you're having trouble playing? Is that passage not sounding the way it sounds in recordings? Are you watching back a video of yourself playing and wondering why it sounds/looks like that? Send me a video (showing hands, upper body, and full view of the keyboard) and I'll get back to you on what could use some improvement-- and what you're already doing right (because it's important to know that too)!

If you're looking for specific technique advice, please make sure that the camera catches a clear view of whatever it is you're wanting to work on. For example, if you have questions about pedaling, having your foot in frame would be crucial but if you're having tension problems in your neck, make sure your head is in view.


Hello! I am a classically trained pianist, currently pursuing a doctorate at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music. While my priority (and first love!) is music, I've also spent a lot of my time in academia dedicated to enhancing my teaching and performance with related industries. As such, I also hold a BA in psychology and minor concentrations in business, entrepreneurship, music education, and arts leadership.

About performance: I made my orchestral debut with the Saint Petersburg State Symphony in Russia at the age of nine (I know, I was that kid) and have gone on to perform with many orchestras across the US, including the Louisville Symphony and the Chicago Ars Viva Symphony. My awards include first place at the Cincinnati World Piano Competition, grand prize at the Delta Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition, and the Joseph Shelhardt Award at the Hellam Young Artist Competition. As a soloist, I have played at Lincoln Center, the Beloselsky-Belozersky Palace, and Carnegie Hall. All this is a very long-winded way of saying: I've been doing this for a very long time, and I hope to have insightful things to say if you have questions about artistry, technique, learning process, memorization, or anything else related to the piano.

About all the things outside performance: I've made it my mission to broaden access to music-- the classical world can be very narrow but there's no doubt that the training and knowledge that it has can benefit any musician in any genre. Some organizations that I have worked with in service of this goal include National Public Radio's "From the Top," the San Francisco Opera Education Department, and the Pasadena Symphony & Pops. I'm grateful for stepping into the world of business, nonprofits, and entrepreneurship and the comprehensive view it's given me on what's expected and needed of musicians today. If you've ever wondered what musicians can do to actually monetize their careers, how to use social media to further your artistic brand, or even what options there are out there for career (and what you need to prepare in order to get there!), I would love to offer support.


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