About Dr. Jessica Kwong
Dr. Jessica Kwong grew up in Hong Kong and has been taking piano lessons since the age of 5. At 17, she went to the Bay Area to study music with Dr. Betty Woo. Jessica received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in piano performance and pedagogy from Holy Names University, and she earned her Licentiate diploma (LTCL) and performer’s certificate in piano from Trinity College London. Having received her doctorate degree in historical performance practices from Claremont Graduate University, where she studied fortepiano with Dr. Jenny Soonjin Kim and harpsichord with Dr. Robert Zappulla, she advocates authentic, faithful manners and styles of the musical era in teaching music.
Jessica gave numerous performances and lecture-recitals in the United States, China, and Hong Kong. She was invited to perform on the reproduction of a Mozart-period piano at Walt Disney Concert Hall Founder’s Room, Los Angeles.
She teaches piano and music theory in all levels. Her students passed the ABRSM (The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music) piano exams with distinction and merit, and her experiences in stage performance also help her students in preparing for recitals.
Research interests: piano performance practices in the 18th to 19th centuries, keyboard fingering in the 16th to 20th centuries, and Baroque French ornamentation