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Jordan Shangkuan Ong, Houston Outstanding Young Artist, was awarded 1st Prize in the 2018 Russian Music Alliance International Piano Competition. Jordan has performed all around the world, including United States, Canada, South America, China, Philippines, and Europe — in many world class venues, including the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Academy of Music Kimmel Center of the Performing Arts in Philadelphia, and the Filfest Insular Life Auditorium.  He has been featured in concerts with many world-renowned concert pianists, such as Dr. Sergey Kuznetsov, Dr. Vladimir Khomyakov, Dr. Jinha Park, and Steinway Artist, Benjamin Loh of Singapore. Jordan has also performed with many renowned orchestras, including the Costa Rica National Orchestra in July 2017, under the baton of the world-renowned Maestro Alejandro Guitierrez.  Jordan Ong is selected by the Kirov Academy to perform at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. on August 15, 2019.

Jordan, an International awards winning concert pianist, is also a Cannes Film Festival awardwinning composer, and the Digital Marketing Specialist at a prestigious Houston firm. A child prodigy at age 5, Jordan performed at the Gammage Auditorium in Arizona with the Van Cliburn winner and was named Arizona’s Young Artist. He was awarded Yamaha Young Composer’s Award at age 7 and performed live at their national conference in San Diego. He was featured in a news story on ABC and NBC as the Best and Brightest Young Star. At age 14, he was accepted to the prestigious Rice University College Prep Program and studied with Dr. Dariusz Pawlas, who was dubbed the modern-day Chopin. Jordan received his B. A. Music degree in Piano Performance and Computer Science, under the tutelage of the Arthur Rubenstein International Piano Competition Winner, Greg Allen. While obtaining his M.A. degree in Digital Media, he began his training with his current mentor, Dr. Sergey Kuznetsov, winner of Italy, Russia, USA and China International Piano Competitions.

He composed the score for a documentary called the “Magic History of Cinema” that was nominated and featured at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. The movie he produced and directed, “Magic Medieval Masquerade” was the official film for the 2016 Texas Renaissance Festival.

Jordan Ong is dubbed by the Woodlands’ PKWY Magazine as the “Piano Man” saying, “Jordan Ong is a musical prodigy, classical concert pianist, composer and filmmaker who lives right in our neighborhood. A veteran performer at some of the most prestigious venues in the world, his virtuoso talent at the piano has thrilled classical music audiences everywhere!”

A Tribute to God & Country

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“The ultimate goal of music is none other
but for the Glory of God and the refreshment of the spirit.”
J.S. Bach

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Curtain Call

The beautiful sanctuary of Christ Church of Conroe was transformed into a dazzling concert venue on July 2, 2018, featuring Jordan Ong, Gold Medalist of the Russian Musical Alliance International Piano Competition 2018, a Concert Pianist, Film Maker, Founder/Mentor of Piano Whiz Kids, and Special Guest Virtuoso, Dr. Sergei Kuznetsov, winner of multiple international competitions including China International Piano Competition, 2004; a Concert Pianist, Piano Professor, and mentor of many award winning Houston Young Artists.

More than 150 church members, musicians and music lovers gathered for “A Tribute to God and Country” concert that began with Pastor Dan Schiel welcoming the community followed by an opening prayer. The American Legion Post 618 from Willis Honor Guard presented the Colors and led the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by the Star Spangled Banner led by Cori Robinson Owens of Conroe.

For the next 90 minutes, the audience was captivated by talented pianists, incorporating the most beloved compositions by American composers and rousing patriotic repertoire.

Jordan Ong rallied the American spirit with the toe-tapping “Rhapsody in Blue” by George Gershwin, no doubt the most renowned American composer. Gershwin’s most popular composition included the familiar theme used by the United Airlines in their advertisements and melodies that framed the opening of the Roaring Twenties film, “The Great Gatsby.” It brilliantly combined elements of classical music with jazz, bossa nova, blues, ragtime, the Cuban “clave” rhythm, and the Charleston dance.

The great virtuoso, Dr. Sergei Kuznetsov, melted the audiences’ hearts with his breathtaking transcription and tender rendition of the Christian hymn, “Take My Hand, Precious Lord,”  which has been sung by notable gospel singers including Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin, Randy Travis and Faith Hill, and was inducted into the Christian Music Hall of Fame in 2007.

Next, Jordan, who has been scheduled to perform at the world ranked Academy of Music Kimmel Center in Philadelphia at the Triumph Music Festival on September 29, 2018, gave the audience a glimpse of the event by playing from one of his repertoire, “Polichinelle” from Morceaux de Fantaisie Op. 3 by Rachmaninoff.” The ambitious key and the aggressive tempo of Allegro Vivace cement the virtuosity of this young artist.

A parade of adorably talented Piano Whiz Kids and young artists gave a Red, White and Blue Medley starting with the Wimberly brothers, Steven and James, performing the “Star Spangled Banner.” This is followed by a “Name That Tune” game with several future Stars: Simon, Crystal, Keaton, and Priam hammering out tunes to test the audience. Rounding up the medley were Urmi, who played “Burgmuller’s Ballade;” Jadon, who delighted with his “Sparklers,” Zane, who entertained with Scott’s Joplin’s “The Entertainer” and Mozart’s “Turkish March,” and Caleb Hu’s extraordinary presentation of Horowitz’  rendition of “Stars & Stripes Forever.”

After Caleb’s performance, constitutional scholar Dr. Joe Vicars proclaimed “That is a hard act to follow!” before bringing his message that took the audience through a fascinating “Historical Journey Back to the Birth of Our Nation.”

The program concluded with one of the most popular concerti of all time, “Edward Grieg’s Concerto in a minor,” composed when he was only 24 years old. An expression of nationalism starting with a drum roll followed by brilliantly descending passages, set the stage for a succession of lyrical and reflective, as well as dramatic themes. Jordan Ong and Sergei Kuznetsov joined the likes of musicians such as Franz Liszt and Arthur Rubenstein in giving the audience a spectacular treat with this concerto.

A standing ovation and curtain calls brought all the performers back to the stage before everyone was invited to a reception and treated to artistically creative and scrumptious hors d’oeuvres and desserts provided by Lynn and Jan Winn of Spring.

Duayne Hatfield, a country and western guitarist who performs at Loose Caboose in Old Town Spring entertained during the reception with “outstanding, old-fashioned Texas-style country music.”

All in all, the evening was spectacular, and everyone felt blessed by the concert, saying their patriotic spirits were rejuvenated, and they were extremely proud to be an American!

Jordan Ong, takes Gold Medal in the Russian Alliance International Piano Competition

Jordan Ong, 1st place winner of Russian International Piano Competition
Jordan Ong, first place winner in international competition, selected to perform at the prestigious Academy of Music Kimmel Center in Philadelphia in September.

Jordan Ong of The Woodlands, Texas, recently won first place in the Russian Alliance International Piano Competition, performing one of the most difficult yet poignant compositions by Tchaikovsky – Dumka, Op. 59, depicting scenes from the Russian Villages. Competitors were pianists from around the world who performed either a concerto or two contrasting pieces by a Russian composer.

He was adjudicated by a panel of world renowned Russian pianists and selected to perform at the prestigious Academy of Music, Kimmel Center in Philadelphia — one of the best in the United States, and ranking number five in the world — on September 28, 2018. His performance will include Rachmaninoff’s Morceaux de fantaisie, Op. 3, honoring both composers, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff who performed at the venue.

 

Jordan says he is fortunate to be under the tutelage of the world renowned Russian International pianist and master teacher, Dr. Sergey Kuznetsov, winner of China (2004), Italy, Russia, and USA international piano competitions.

 

Music from the Roaring 20s, Piano Super Saturday, April 21

Musicians and music lovers traveled back in time to the early days of the Big Band Era – the Roaring 20s – April 14, at the elegant Auburn Lake Estate home of Mr. Tim and Dr. Josephine Ong-McBride, to celebrate the music of George Gershwin, Scott Joplin, and other composers from the 1920s.

Throughout the evening, the musicians entertained, as the more than 70 music lovers modeled their exquisite, perfect fashion blend between style and function – styles of the Roaring 20s, with Cloche Hats, Headbands, Feathers, Monocles, Suspenders, Garters, and a variety of glittery, sequenced flappers’ outfits.

After a chef-prepared Italian cuisine dinner, the partygoers had the opportunity to learn the Charlston by the poolside from an area dance instructor.

The mastermind and inspiration of these events is the world renowned pianist Dr. Sergey Kuznetsoff, himself a winner of multiple international piano awards (China, Russia, Italy. USA), and well as mentor of a team of international award-winning Outstanding Houston Young Artists.

Jordan Ong, Auburn Lakes’s Piano Man, gave the audience a thrill ride on Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. Zane Stephen entertained with ragtime of Scott Joplin. Bella Morales and Jenny Cheon did a refreshing rendition of Chopin’s Etude. Dr. Kuznetsoff and Anthony Tovar did amazing impromptu improvisations on Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky that left the audience clamoring for more.

David Hu wowed the crowd with his version of Francis Scott Key’s “Star Spangle Banner.” Audience, young and old were transported in time to the Golden Era, literally screaming with joy and laughter!

The party, with varying themes, has become a yearly tradition in preparation for the Piano Super Saturday that is held at the Lone Star Montgomery College at 3200 College Park Drive, Conroe.

Piano Super Saturday set for April 21

The upcoming Super Saturday is scheduled for this Saturday. The day-long event will include Workshops, Ensembles, Presentations, Master Classes and the Recital of the Outstanding Houston Young Artists.

The event is free! Everyone is welcome!

The Recital of the Season!

Our Holiday Recital was the reason for the season! Featuring our students such as Claire Van Fleet, Jackson Rubli, Zane Stephen, as well as Young Artists Eric Valdes Marines, Jenny Cheong, Bella Morales,  and world-renowned pianist Dr. Sergey Kuznetsov, the evening was filled with beautiful music, an international cultural exchange, and Christmas miracles! You can find the highlights below:

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Jordan Ong Performs With Costa Rica National Orchestra

We are pleased to share this video of Auburn Lakes – The Woodlands’ own Jordan Ong performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in Bb major with the National Orchestra of Costa Rica under the baton of Maestro Alejandro Gutierrez on July 11, 2017 at the Costa Rica Piano Festival.

Jordan has performed all around the world, including United States, Canada, China, Philippines, and Europe. He has composed the score for a documentary called the Magic History of Cinema that was nominated and featured at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. The movie he produced and directed, Magic Medieval Masquerade was the official film for the 2016 Texas Renaissance Festival.

Piano prodigy Jordan Ong inspires students to pursue piano with passion

From five-year-old stunning piano prodigy himself to one of the most talented pianists of his generation, Jordan Ong, Auburn Lakes’ resident Piano Man, spends quite a bit of his time these days inspiring others to pursue their dreams with great passion, especially in the exciting world of music.

On June 29, Jordan featured ten of his amazing “Piano Whiz Kids” students before a captivated audience at the Lone Star Montgomery College campus.

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Ryan Chen, age 4

Performing on a nine-foot Steinway grand piano, four-year-old Ryan Chen, who has been studying with Jordan for only six weeks, went from not even playing a single note, to performing three pieces completely from memory. The pieces were selected from Alfred’s Prep Course for the Young Beginner: Lesson Book Level C lesson book, including “Rainbow,” a piece that modulated from C major to two other keys.

Five-year-old Aaron Bryant entertained with favorites from Hal-Leonard’s “EZ Play Today” song book, featuring Campton Race and Blue Moon.

Cheyenne Nava played “Over the Rainbow” while dressed as Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz.

Ella Rubli played “I See the Light” from Disney’s Tangled, while dressed as Rapunzel herself.

Marching up the stage with the American flag, Caleb Nava helped the audience celebrate Independence Day with “This Land is My Land.”

Jackson Rubli ushered in the upcoming Star Wars movie with the theme from “Star Wars” by John Williams.

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Claire Van Fleet, age 8

Claire Van Fleet, dressed in a glowing pink gown, performed, her namesake “Claire de Lune,” by Claude Debussy.

Zane Stephen dazzled in Burgmüller’s “Arabesque” and J.S. Bach’s “Musette.” His mother, Audra Stephen, who was inspired by the amazing progress of her son’s piano lessons with Jordan, began taking lessons herself again. In two short months, she performed the “Midnight Ride” beautifully and impeccably!

 

About Jordan

Jordan is described by Dr. Sergey Kuznetsov, China International Piano competition winner and Van Cliburn foundation organizer, as “one of the most talented pianists of his generation!”

Lanzo Luconi, Costa Rica Piano Festival Director, commended Jordan for the “dedication he has in the study of piano and the social impact he makes of musical art through it, inspiring others to pursue their dreams with great passion.”

At age five, Jordan performed at the Gammage Auditorium with the Van Cliburn winner and was named as Arizona’s Young Artist. He was awarded Yamaha Young Composer’s Award at age 7 and performed live at their national conference in San Diego. He was featured on ABC and NBC as the Best and Brightest Young Star.

Since then, he has performed all around the world, including United States, Canada, China, Philippines, and Europe. He has composed the score for a documentary called the “Magic History of Cinema” that was nominated and featured at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. The movie he produced and directed, “Magic Medieval Masquerade” was the official film for the 2016 Texas Renaissance Festival.

PKWY Magazine, a popular business magazine in The Woodlands featuring the Who’s Who in The Woodlands and surrounding areas, featured Jordan as the “Piano Man” in their June 2016 issue, saying, “Jordan Ong is a 23-year old musical prodigy, classical concert pianist, composer and filmmaker who lives right in our neighborhood. A veteran performer at some of the most prestigious venues in the world, his virtuoso talent at the piano has thrilled classical music audiences.”

Jordan is being showcased at the Costa Rica International Piano Festival, from July 8th through the 17th at the Teatro de National, where he will perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major with the Costa Rica National Orchestra under the baton of Alejandro Gutiérrez, The events will be broadcast live, where the President of Costa Rica and US Ambassador to Costa Rica have been invited to attend.

If you or your children are interested in being part of this exciting world of music and becoming a Piano Whiz Kid or Musical Whiz, Jordan is currently accepting piano students of all ages and levels, for Fall 2017. August is the perfect month to start, so please sign up via email:

Jondanong1@gmail.com, jongmcbride@gmail.com, or text/call 832-331-6851, 713-826-8824. The rates are extremely reasonable, the progress immediate, with tremendous opportunities for performances! This is the BEST extracurricular activity for your children and yourselves. Give the GIFT of MUSIC.

SUPER Weekend with Costa Rica Red Carpet Party and Piano Super Saturday

For two days from March 31 – April 1, 2017, hundreds of musicians and music lovers were treated to a Hollywood-style red carpet party to kick off the Costa Rica Piano Festival and the 5th annual Super Saturday at Lone Star Montgomery College, which showcased world-renowned pianists and 15 Young Artists from Houston and surrounding areas. The party on Friday welcomed Lanzo Luconi, Costa Rica Piano Festival Director,  Andrey Ponochevny; International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition award recipient, and Dr. Sergey Kuznetsov, Director of Piano Super Saturday,  China International Piano Competition winner, and maestro to the five Houston Young Artists, Jordan Ong, Anthony Tovar, Bella Morales, Jenny Cheon and Richard Kazandzhidi. The five young artists will be traveling with the maestros to perform at the Teatro Nacional de Costa Rica this summer.

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On Friday, the home of Tim and Dr. Josephine Ong-McBride was transformed into a Costa Rican paradise with a profusion of flowers, arts, toucans, parrots, lights, tropical fruits, and greetings of “Pura Vida!” Close to 150 guests arrived walking the red carpet, being interviewed by multi-lingual reporters including Misty Mousa Lanza from Univision, and greeted with leis from adorable children. Models strutted around the lovely home in designer’s fashion by CHYR while others tried out jewelries and viewed art from Costa Rica. Guests sampled international appetizers as they watched professional Chefs Abalos and Morales whip up authentic Costa Rican cuisine.

Live music continuously filled the air, with genres & instruments ranging from jazz to classical music, vocal, guitar, and piano. The Piece De Resistance was the Showcase Recital featuring 4 Houston Young Artists. Jordan Ong opened the concert with his performance of Grieg’s Piano Concerto – 1st movement with his teacher, Dr. Sergey Kuznetsov. The pair’s powerful, yet lyrical performance moved the audience immensely, as they rose to a standing ovation. Susan Polorski, chair of the Texas Young Artist Music Competition from Conroe expressed her joy in listening to the pair’s interpretation of the much loved repertoire; and told the story of how this exact piece played by Arthur Rubenstein years ago, was the inspiration for her lifelong dedication in promoting music!

Anthony Tovar performed Chopin’s Ballade No. 2 in F major, which began quietly in sotto voce, or a quiet voice, that quickly progresses to a distinct melody and development. The next section of the ballade, in stark contrast to the first, is Presto con fuoco – literally “very fast with fire”.  Young Anthony, masterfully played the contrasting “fire and ice” with such control and maturity. Bella Morales performed a delightful rendition of a living Russian composer, Schedrin’s A La Albeniz. The piece ended with a playful dissonant bang, literally, using a fist! Jenny Cheon performed two pieces, including the extremely difficult Chopin’s Revolutionary Etude with such dizzying speed and beauty! In addition, Richard Kazandzhidi showcased his improvisational skills with jazz style rendition of Besame Mucho and Jere Charlot performed Like a Star with Dr. Kuznetsov.

At the invitation of the Costa Rica Piano Festival Director, Lanzon Luconi, the five young artists will be traveling with Dr. Sergey Kuznetsov this summer to perform throughout Costa Rica. They will be joined by more young musicians that performed at the Super Saturday at the Lone Star College Music Hall. The highlight of the Saturday event was the solo recital by Andrey Ponochevny, whose repertoire includes Rachmaninov’s Andante from Cello Sonata, and Franz Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No. 15, “Rakoczy March”.  The audience was captivated and mesmerized with the absolute beauty of his music. The experience is summed up by Dr. Kuznetsov, in one word, “MAGICAL”!!!

Fifteen young pianists from Korea, Mexico, and around the nation participated in the Young Artists’ concert. Andrey Ponochevny conducted master classes with four young pianists, Anthony Tovar, Ashley Wu, Richard Kazandzhidi and Artem Kuznetsoff.

After two days of spectacular performances, the hundreds of musicians and music lovers fortunate enough to attend the events are still on cloud nine, intoxicated with the joy and beauty of one of God’s greatest gifts – MUSIC!