Julian Kwok

Julian K.

New York, NY
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
The ability to communicate and connect with each individual student is, for me, the only way to teach effectively. My approach to teaching applied voice is to lay a stable foundation, specific to each student and voice, while methodically eliminating obstacles and acquired habits which prevent the student from fully realizing their potential. I assess the needs of each student individually and seek to meet them where they are at any given point in their development. Inquiry is a vital aspect of my teaching practice as I seek to ensure that the student understands the concepts being introduced and that they are developing the critical thinking skills necessary to become autonomous in their singing.
I see my role of voice teacher as that of a facilitator, guide, and trouble-shooter. As such my primary teaching objective is to empower the student to internalize, apply, and find relevance in the information I am sharing.
From a technical perspective, my teaching remains firmly rooted in the traditions of Bel Canto shared with me by my father and mother through their teaching. I believe that beautiful and sustainable singing is the result of a process of engagement and discovery of the function of one’s own instrument. The development of legato unencumbered by tension and a vibrato which is flexible and freely spinning are a primary focus in my teaching.

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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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

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

Northwestern University


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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