Tszto Wong

Tszto W.

Houston, TX
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Tszto delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 3+ and special needs

Teaching since:
2010

Hi there! My name is Tszto and I am originally from Hong Kong. I graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Music with a Master degree in Cello Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy. I recently moved to Houston to continue my studies as a graduate student at the Shepherd School of Music of Rice University.

Having 20 years of playing experience definitely helps my teaching. Also, I have been through a period of three years without a cello teacher and having to re-work myself for all the basics and fundamental work after I started taking lesson again. This experience taught me so much on how to start learning the instrument from scratch and also how to "rehab" your bad habit.

As a pedagogue, this is my 8th year of teaching the cello. I am fully trained and registered with the Suzuki Association of Amercas. I have a Master degree in Cello Pedagogy. I am teaching mainly in Suzuki Method. I was an assistant teacher at the Sato Center for Suzuki Studies for two years. I take students from age 3 up and in any level.

As a cellist, I have the privilege to work with some of the greatest musicians in the world such as Lorin Maazel, Lynn Harrell, Peter Salaff and the Cavani Quartet. I received the Appassionata Endowed Scholarship in Music from Shepherd School to study with Norman Fischer. Before I moved to Houston, I studied with Mark Kosower, who is the current cello principal of the Cleveland Orchestra. I have had the honour to receive the Hong Kong Arts Circle Fellowship from Asian Cultural Council and the Ohio Federation of Music Clubs music scholarship for my studies. I am also the Gold Prize Winner in Cleveland Cello Society Competition – Collegiate Division and the 1st Place Winner in American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition in 2016.

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Education

MMus in Cello Performance
Aug 2017 - Present
Rice University
MMus in Cello Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy
Aug 2015 - May 2017
Cleveland Institute of Music
B.A. in Music
Aug 2012 - May 2015
The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Languages

Cantonese
Fluent / Native Proficiency
English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Mandarin
Professional Proficiency

Certifications

Suzuki Training Book 1-10, Every Child Can!
May 2017
Suzuki Association of Americas

Performance Diplomas FTCL, LTCL, ATCL
Jan 2010
Trinity College London

Awards

The Appassionata Endowed Scholarship in Music
Aug 2017
Shepherd School of Music, Rice University
Hong Kong Arts Circle Fellowship
Jun 2016
Asian Cultural Council
Ohio Federation of Music Clubs music scholarship (Masters Level)
May 2016
Ohio Federation of Music Clubs
Gold Prize Winner
May 2016
Cleveland Cello Society Competition – Collegiate Division
1st Place Winner
Feb 2016
American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition

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