plays Prokofiev -
heard by the late
'... Wong characterizes the contrasting moods unerringly.'
Jerry Wong, a graduate of Indiana University, Peabody Conservatory and Manhattan School of Music and a protoge of Menahem Pressler, Sara Davis Buechner and Byron Janis, is best known throughout the USA.
He is Associate Professor of Piano, and co-director of the Piano Institute at Kent State University and a designated Steinway Artist.
Yet despite Wong's vividly demonstrated interpretive and unquestionable technical skills, in this repertoire he is let loose in the enclosure of ferocious keyboard giants: Ashkenazy, Richter, Boris Berman, Frederic Chiu, Gilels, Argerich, Gavrilov and his own teacher, Byron Janis.
Moreover he appears to mistakenly believe that Prokofiev's most propulsive, impassioned work is about bucketloads of volume with other niceties taking a back seat...
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