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Born and raised in Hong Kong, Nelson Wong began his musical training studying the piano at the age of five and started playing the flute when he was nine. He furthered his flute studies at the pre-college division of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts with Matthew Wu. In Hong Kong, Nelson was regarded as one of the most promising young musicians, having participated and succeeded in numerous regional competitions. Among them, he was awarded third prize in the inaugural Asian Youth Music Competition (under-18 division) in 2001 and was first prize recipient of the Miss Barbara Fei Instrumental Scholarship in 2004. He was subsequently invited to participate in the summer of 2004 as a soloist in the European Youth Summer Music Festival held in Hertford, England. In September 2004, Nelson became a Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music (L.R.S.M.), United Kingdom, at the age of 17.

Nelson recently graduated from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where he earned his Bachelor of Music degree in flute performance. At Oberlin, Nelson studied with the world-renowned flutist Michel Debost, while also active as an orchestral player. He was principal flute of the Oberlin Orchestra, and was frequently selected for performances outside Oberlin. In January 2007, Nelson appeared in the Carnegie Hall in New York City with the Oberlin Conservatory Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Robert Spano. Nelson also performed as principal flute this past January in the Symphony Orchestra's performance in Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, CA, under the baton of Music Director Bridget-Michaele Reischl. This April, Nelson was selected to perform in Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble's feature concert at the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS) annual National Conference, held in Fort Wayne, IN, where he performed pieces by Benjamin Broening and Charles Mason.

Nelson is a winner of the 2008 Oberlin Concerto Competition. His performance of Carl Reinecke's Flute Concerto - with Tito Muñoz conducting the Oberlin Chamber Orchestra - is available for streaming on the InstantEncore website.

Nelson has been admitted to the Cleveland Institute Music (beginning Fall '09) as a graduate degree student, where he will major in Orchestral Conducting and study with Carl Topilow.

© 2009 Nelson Wong

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