Yu-Ting Stevia Gong
Born in Taipei, Taiwan, Ms. Gong started her piano lessons at the age of four with Ms. Xiu-Ling Zheng. Subsequently she studied under En Wang at the National Taiwan Normal University and received Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music. At the twelve she received Second Prize in the National Kawaii Piano Competition for Young Musicians. Then, in the first year of her Bachelor's degree, she won Second Prize in the Piano Concerto Competition. She obtained numerous awards during her undergraduate studies and notably two scholarships: Piano Music Research Scholarship from the Juridical Institute of Kawaii and the Taipei Juridical Mung-Chia Lungshan Temple Scholarship.
Yu-Ting immigrated to Canada to pursue her musical training with virtuoso pianist Marina Goglidze-Mdivani at McGill University. A recipient of the Schulich Scholarship, she completed a Master degree in Music. She also holds an Artist Diploma in McGill University under Prof. Marina Goglidze-Mdivani. Currently, Yu-Ting studies with Ms. Apple Chau and is working on obtaining her LRCM Diploma.
During student years, Yu-Ting participated in master classes and summer camp activities. She has taught by Prof. Anton Kuerti, Prof. Zoya Kacharskaya and pianist Mr. Ning An, and has worked with Prof. Alexis Hauser, Mr. Jonathan Dagenais, Mr. Lynley Lewis, Ms. Ai-Kuang Sun, Ms. Apo Ching-Hsin Hsu, Ms. Sylvia Shu-Te Lee and other prestigious conductors.
Yu-Ting's music is sophisticated in both solo and chamber music conerts. She is also actively involved in community activities in music. She has performed in United States, Canada and Taiwan, getting a lot of positive feedback. In Canada, she has copperated with more than a dozen musicians to perform in different sets of performing groups. She has a variety of a widerange repertoire, from Baroque, Classical to Romantic Period music. Yu-Ting also plays contemporary and modern music and is especially talented at the traditional Chinese/Taiwanese folk transcription, written-jazz and some Crossover or New-Age music.
Ms. Gong is the both the member of Golden Key International Honour Society (Chapter at McGill University), which is offered only to students recognized to be among the top 15% of their class by GPA and also the member of Young Artist Program of The Steinway Society of British Columbia. Yu-Ting was trained at the most prestigious Teacher’s College in Taiwan and was working in middle schools and high schools before she came to Canada. Therefore, she developed not only a professional approach toward students and parents, but also has accumulated lots of experiences for student’s individual need. Her method combines the Russian School Piano Pedagogy and French Classic in Montreal, believing that the music should have an artistic image: the meaning that related to the life, not just a repetition of lots of notes and busy hand movements. She is also the music teacher of several music schools in Vancouver area, sharing her love of musical passion and knowledge with young artists, students and her family.