Jonathan Ong is a virtuosic and passionate pianist whose emotional and sensual playing evoke effective storytelling. Classically trained on piano and flute with the Suzuki method from the age of four, he was soon winning competitions in his hometown of Sydney, Australia. He made his orchestral debut at the age of ten with the Sydney Youth Orchestra under the baton of Australian Maestro, Tommy Tycho, and continues to perform successfully.
Jonathan completed his Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance at USC’s Thornton School of Music in Los Angeles, California, on full scholarship under the tutelage of Professor Kevin Fitz-Gerald, where he served as assistant lecturer. He completed his Bachelor of Music degree with 1st Class Honours on the Sony Foundation Scholarship at University of New South Wales. Jonathan also attended the Banff International Keyboard Festival as a Young Artist on a full scholarship.[mantra-pullquote align=”left|center|right” textalign=”left|center|right” width=”33%”]“Beautiful feeling for phrasings, wonderful drive- impressive!” – Daniel Pollack[/mantra-pullquote]
He has a wide range of educational experience, teaching children from two years of age all the way to senior citizens in diverse contexts, ranging from preschools and retirement communities to university classes, as well as privately. As a freelancing producer and sound engineer, Jonathan has worked with high profile clients such as LA Opera’s “Siegfried Exhibition.”
As a soloist, Jonathan has performed for “The Australian Entertainment ‘Mo’ Awards” at the Sydney Entertainment Center, The Sony Foundation Gala hosted by Australian radio host icon, John Laws, and “The Oscar Wilde Sesquicentennial Celebrations” at the Sydney Opera House. Jonathan was featured in the Consortium of Southern California Chamber Music Presenters “Previews” concert. He won the Torrance Symphony Young Artists Competition, and as a result was a featured soloist with the Torrance Symphony Orchestra in 2009.
“Beautiful feeling for phrasings, wonderful drive- impressive!” – Daniel Pollack, Internationally acclaimed concert pianist, Judge panelist for the Moscow Tchaikovsky Piano Competition
“Huge Talent” – Dr. Alan Smith, Piano Faculty Chair, USC Thornton School of Music
“Great lines, colors, textures, effects! You can do anything you want technically, can’t you?” – Antoinette Perry, Artist-faculty emeritus at the Aspen Music School