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Randall Wong

Oakland CA, CA   

RANDALL WONG


BIOGRAPHY


Randall Wong has built a distinguished reputation as a composer and performer. In addition to his own work as composer/designer/performer/producer, his parallel career has been a singer (male soprano/ countertenor) in both historically informed performances of Baroque and Classic period repertoire and contemporary music. His solo work in opera, concert performances, and recitals has taken him from such far-flung places as Sydney to Juneau, AK: five continents in all.


Mr. Wong is the composer/performer/designer of a number of miniature operas: The Household Opera, Di Nostra Vita (after Dante), Flatland: A Romance Of Many Dimensions, and Waiting for Godzilla. These have been presented by the SF Arts Commission, Museum of Jurassic Technology (LA), Z Space Theater (SF and Santa Cruz), Project Artaud (SF), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. (SF), Noh Space (SF), and the Chicago Humanities Festival. Other commissions include a site-specific Alice in Wonderland for the Yerba Buena Gardens, A Victorian Bestiary for the San Jose Chamber Orchestra, In 2011, his film score received a Silver medal at the Park City Film Music Festival (Performance/experimental film) for The Two Fauns (dir. David Finklestein).


     A number of operatic roles have been composed for Mr. Wong. With Houston Grand Opera he premiered Stewart Wallace’s Where’s Dick and Harvey Milk (reprised by New York City Opera and San Francisco Opera), and Meredith Monk’s Atlas. As a member of the Meredith Monk Ensemble he has participated in numerous international theatrical and concert tours including Atlas, The Politics of Quiet, and A Celebration Service. With the San Jose Chamber Orchestra, he premiered his orchestrations of Meredith Monk’s Memory Song and New York Requiem.


     He has sung in innumerable modern performances of early operas including works by Handel, Mozart, Hasse, Cavalli, and J. C. Bach, in many North American and European venues including Rome, Dresden, Stuttgart, Boston, San Francisco, and Hong Kong.


He received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Stanford University, has been an resident artist with the Z Space Studio Theater (SF), and has been featured on the Teldec, Helicon, ECM, Centaur, Koch International, and Dorian recording labels. 


AWARDS, COMMISSIONS, ARTIST RESIDENCIES, AND GRANTS


2011 : Silver Medal for Excellence, performance/experimental film, Park City UT Film Music Fest, film score for The Two Fauns, dir. David Finkelstein,


2011 : Theatre Bay Area individual CA$H Grant (The Planetarium Letters) 2010 : American Composers Forum Subito Grant


2008 : Theater of Yugen/Noh Space production grant, Waiting for Godzilla


2007: Zellerbach Family Foundation for new work in development. (Waiting for Godzilla). American Composers Forum Subito Grant. Theatre Bay Area individual CA$H Grant (Wating for Godzilla) 2005: Silver Medal for Excellence, Music Perf, Park City UT Film Music Fest for Earth & Moon in Love, dir. David Finkelstein


2004: commission: Immortal Heart (Amy Tan), Word for Word, Magic Theater, SF, CA 2004: Zellerbach Family Foundation for new work in development. (working title, Flatland)


2002-03: Theatre Bay Area individual CA$H grant, for new work in development.(Flatland) commission: A Victorian Bestiary, song cycle for chamber orchestra and voices, San Jose Chamber Orchestra, San Jose CA


2002: commission: Di Nostra Vita  miniature chamber opera. Museum of Jurassic Technology, Los Angeles, CA & SF Arts Commission Individual Artist Grant, presented at the Z Space Studio, SF, CA


2001: commission: Alice in Wonderland, a site specific work for Yerba Buena Arts and Events, San Francisco, CA


2000-2001: Fleishhacker Foundation Grant; ArtStartUp Grant; CA Arts Council Inner City & Rural Program Grant; for Household Opera 2001 production


1999-2000: Phyliss Wattis Fellowship and Artist residency, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and Z Space Studio.


1998: Artist in residence, University of Hong Kong 1997: NY Dance and Performance Award (the “Bessies”) Dance Theater Workshop for Meredith Monk’s The Politics of Quiet


1997: Artist Residency, Orange County Performing Arts, Costa Mesa, CA 1992-96: numerous UCSC research grants and Arts division grants 1987: 2nd prize, Musica Sacra Vocal Competition, New York


1985-present: Touring artist grant, seasons 1986-87 through program’s suspension, California Arts Council


1983-87: Doctoral Fellowship, Music department, Stanford University 1973: Bank of America Award, Achievement in Music 1973: Richmond Arts Council, Young Musician Award (composition)