Julian Kwok

Julian K.

New York, NY
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I love to teach and have been teaching since I was a teenager. I was taught by wonderful teachers who were concert pianists from the Russian, German, and French Schools of playing such as Hungarian pianist Bela Siki and Czech pianist Martina Maixnerova. I also studied with Dr. Yeheved Kaplinski. My doctoral degree is in solo piano as well as collaborative piano and have taught all levels of solo performers as well as coach all combinations of chamber ensembles and duo-piano teams. I am well-versed in different technical approaches to adapt to each individual's needs. Your pianistic well-being and advancement is my main objective. I have retrained pianists with improper technique and tension issues which hinder their performance and enjoyment of playing. If given the opportunity I would like to prevent that from happening right at the beginning by providing the correct technical foundation and to retrain if the problem or problems have already ensued. I have taught students from age 5 to 65.
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About Julian K.

Dr. Julian Kwok was a voice faculty member of V.O.I.C.Experience (VE) from 2002 to 2010, a program established by Sherrill Milnes and his wife, Maria Zouves.
Dr. Kwok maintains a private voice studio in New York City with students singing in venues and cities including the Metropolitan Opera, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Santa Fe, Glimmerglass, Buenos Aires, Monte Carlo, Rome, Virginia, Minnesota, Wolf Trap, Washington National, Avery Fisher Hall and Carnegie Hall.As voice teacher and music director, Dr. Kwok worked with and nurtured young and upcoming singers in the Virginia Opera Spectrum Resident Artist Program and the Baltimore Opera Studio. While at Virginia Opera, he also worked as a main stage coach, repetiteur and pre-performance lecturer. Other teaching highlights include guest faculty at the International Youth Festival “Das Treffen” in Bayreuth, Germany, vocal coach and pianist for IIVA in Chiari, Italy, principal coach/pianist at the TODI music festival in Portsmouth, Virginia and voice faculty for the inaugural season of the Midwest Young Artists Program in Lake Forest, Illinois. Conducting extensive
masterclasses in voice, piano, instrumental, duo-piano and chamber ensembles in both English and Mandarin, Dr. Kwok made a significant contribution to the music school at the National Hsinchu University of Education, Taiwan.
Academic accolades include certificates in vocal and clarinet performance from the Royal Schools of Music, London, Fellowship of The Trinity College of Music, London and Licentiate of The Royal Schools of Music, London diplomas in piano performance. While earning his Doctor of Music in Piano Performance and Collaborative Arts from Northwestern University's School of Music, a degree created by the university especially for his unique talents, Julian also served as principal pianist to Mignon Dunn, Sherrill Milnes and the late William Warfield and was a Lecturer on the faculty of the Department of Performance Studies.
As a soloist and collaborative artist, Dr. Kwok has performed in venues across North America, South America, Canada, Asia, Southeast Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Russia. The first Singaporean pianist to perform at The Maly Philharmonia Hall in St. Petersburg, Russia. Appearances of special note include a personal invitation from the Consulate General of Poland to play an all Chopin program at the Polish embassy in Chicago and as guest soloist with the NU Philharmonic.

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Gina
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Julian has truly been a God-send for me. A brilliant, musician, technician and teacher. He is intelligent,patient, sensitive…so highly in tune with the voice. To say he knows the instrument well is an understatement.  And, just as important, he knows how to work with you as an individual. He has such a skillful way, as any great teacher should, of explaining what he is trying to convey in a variety of ways to help YOU as the student understand. Not all teachers are able to do that, but Julian can. And he makes sure that you understand so you can be your own technician and master of your instrument. I trust Julian. He has helped me and continues to help me understand and find MY voice.

Posted Feb 6, 2020
Tara

I highly recommend Julian as a teacher. Before studying with him, my voice had a growth spurt, and none of the “well known” teachers I had studied with knew what to do with it. My voice was in pieces, and Julian was the only teacher that was able to help me. He rebuilt my voice, and I couldn’t be more grateful.

Julian was able to find my true voice, and I love that I sound like ME! Everyone in the studio has very distinct and different voices from one another. He’s able to find your true and individual vocal potential; he doesn’t just “bandage” the problem. He truly is the best!

Posted Jan 19, 2020
Joel
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Julian Kwok is a technician's technician. He can take large, unruly instruments and whisper them into efficiently wielded, marketable product. He can develop voices of any type to their full potential, but his specialty is, arguably, large voices. He expects a high level of commitment, so my advice: do the work. Doing the work will maximize your experience. He's keenly sensitive and understanding. If you're serious about a career and developing your voice in a healthy way, this is the guy.

Posted Jan 16, 2020
Jad
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Julian is truly one of the most intuitive and knowledgeable teachers I’ve had the privilege of working with. Not only does he understand building a voice and training it for the rigors of the stage, but his musicianship and artistry is unequivocally powerful, commanding and riveting.

Posted Jan 11, 2020
Elliott
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I have studied with several teachers over the years, none have been able to help me fully realize my potential in the way that Julian has. He was able to accurately assess my issues and come up with solutions that are specifically catered to my voice and my personality. I would enthusiastically recommend him as a teacher for anyone interested in classical singing.

Posted Jan 11, 2020

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Education

Doctor of Music - Solo performance and Collaborative Arts
Sep 1990 - Jun 2003

Northwestern University

Affiliations

National Association of Teachers of Singing
Jan 2018
Founded in 1944, National Association of Teachers of Singing, Inc. (NATS) is the largest professional association of teachers of singing in the world with more than 7,000 members worldwide.
Opera America
Jan 2011
OPERA America draws on resources and expertise from within and beyond the opera field to advance a mutually beneficial agenda that serves and strengthens the field through programs in the following categories: Creation: Artistic services that help artists and companies increase the creativity and excellence of opera productions, especially North American works; Presentation: Opera company services that address the specific needs of staff, trustees and volunteers; Enjoyment: Education, audience development and community services that increase all forms of opera appreciation.

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