Jason Gong is an international pianist and cellist from Michigan. He received his Masters of Piano Performance at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, UK studying under Prof. Noriko Ogawa and Prof. Paul Roberts and his Bachelors of Music in Piano Performance from the University of Michigan studying under Dr. Louis Nagel.
Although his foundations are in classical music, Jason loves to explore the connections between all creative disciplines. Within music, how do things like genres relate to each other and socially how might things such as politics, traditions, and cultures inform those relations? As musicians, can our work elucidate something about ourselves? Outside of music, how can other mediums of expression such as movement or visual arts relate and connect with sound? In times of crisis, or when physical needs are in jeopardy, what is the role of art? These questions drive his love for improvisation and passion for collaboration, both with other musicians as well as other disciplines.
Currently, Jason is based in Ypsilanti, Michigan where he performs around SE Michigan, arranges chamber music, and maintains a teaching studio for both piano and cello. Jason is very excited to be returning to CelloChanWoods. He greatly values the environment that the retreat fosters--one of intense focus, unbridled joy, and nourishing support. CelloChanWoods is a place where real growth happens and “unlikely connections” are commonly found. In his spare time, Jason enjoys cooking for others, listening to podcasts, and swing dancing!