Dr. Lok Ng
Assistant Professor of Music, Piano
Wednesday 11:30-12:20, 3:30-4:20
Other times by appointment
B.M., M.M., University of Nevada, Las Vegas; D.M.A., University of North Texas; Professional Studies Certificate, Manhattan School of Music
Pianist Lok Ng was born in Beijing, China, where she began her piano studies at a very young age. By age 11 she was studying under Zhau Ping-Guo at the Central Conservatory of Beijing, the most prestigious music school in China. As a teenager, she moved to Hong Kong and continued her piano studies with Gabriel Kwok at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.
Lok immigrated to the United States in 1992 and earned both her undergraduate and graduate degrees in piano at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, followed by her D.M.A. in piano performance at the University of North Texas, where she studied with Joseph Banowetz. Finally, Lok earned a post-doctorate Professional Studies Certificate in piano at Manhattan School of Music, studying under Zenon Fishbein.
Throughout her career, Lok has been a prizewinner at several piano competitions, including second place at the Liszt-Garrison International Piano Competition, finalist at the American Prize competition, first place at the MTNA Young Artist piano competition in Nevada, and first place on two occasions at the UNLV concerto competition. She has also participated in master classes with many world-renowned pianists, including Vladimir Feltsman, Earl Wild, Nelita True, Vladimir Shakin, Janice Weber, Peter Nagy, Jerome Rose, and Douglas Humpherys.
As a performer, Lok has played in prestigious venues in both the United States and China, and she has given guest artist recitals at music programs around the country. In 2008, she was the conference artist for the New York State MTA annual conference held at SUNY New Paltz, NY, and in the summer of 2010, Lok performed at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts’ 25th anniversary, a concert titled “The Academy’s Best Pianists,” given at Hong Kong City Hall Concert Hall. Additionally, Lok is a busy adjudicator at piano competitions around the United States, serving on the piano juries of the STMTA (Southern Tier Music Teachers’ Association) competition at Binghamton University; the MTNA Young Artist Piano Competition; the NYSMTA Heddy Kilian Competition; the Frederic Chopin Piano Competition in Latham, NY; as well as numerous competitions and auditions sponsored by piano teachers’ organizations in Missouri, Iowa and Illinois. Lok has also taught piano at Skidmore College, the College of Saint Rose, and Union College, all in New York; and in Missouri she is currently an Assistant Professor of Music in Piano at Truman State University.