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Yi Dong
B.M., New England Conservatory of Music
M.M., Yale University 

Pianist Ethan Yi Dong was first discovered and brought to America by legendary conductor Herbert Zipper in 1989 during his tour in China where he won 1st place in the professional category in the Pearl River Cup National Piano Competition while attending the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. He has collaborated with members of the Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic and soloed with distinguished orchestras such as the Pacific Symphony under the direction of Carl St. Clair, the Beijing Philharmonic Orchestra, Pacific Palisades Symphony, Brentwood Symphony and the Crossroads Chamber Orchestra. He gave his debut solo recital at Carnegie Weill Recital Hall after winning 1st prize at the Heida Hermanns International Piano Competition and East West International Piano Competition.  He has performed in Jordan Hall in Boston, Harvard University, the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, Hollywood Ford Amphitheatre as well as in the Forbidden City for the president of China at the Asia Olympics. He has been featured on radio and TV stations such as New York's WQXR, KUSC, China International Radio Broadcast Station, CBS, LA Channel 18.

 

He received his music education from his mother, professor Li Fei-Lan at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing and his father, a cellist from the Opera Philharmonic.  He entered the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing at 5th grade and studied with professor Ying Shen-Shen, Pan Yi-Ming as well as guidance from Tatiana Kravechenko, Li Qi-Fang and Ling Yuan. He studied in America with Mary Ann Cummins at the Crossroads School, Russell Sherman at New England Conservatory, and Claude Frank at Yale University. His mentors include Zhou Guang-ren, André Watts, and William Grant Naboré.


Dong started teaching secondary piano lessons for Yale college while attending graduate school at Yale School of Music and later moved to Orange County in California. His students has performed numerous times at Carnegie Hall and are laureates of top prize winners of the Gina Bachauer International Junior Piano Competition, Bosendorfer & Schimmel International Piano Competition, Virginia Waring International Piano Competition, Los Angeles International Liszt Competition as well as MTAC State piano competition and others. He has been invited to give master classes at Boston University, the Colburn School, Cal State Fullerton and Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing.  He has been on the faculty of Oberlin Conservatory's summer piano festival since 2015.

 

His students have been accepted with full scholarships into many prestigious conservatories and universities such as 

The Juilliard School, New England Conservatory of Music, Eastman School of Music, Peabody Institute of Music, Oberlin Conservatory & College, Columbia University, Yale University, Stanford University, Cornell University, Duke University, UC Berkeley, UCLA etc.  His student Anne Liu was named the 2019 U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts by the White House Commission. 


Aside from founding Opus119, Dong is on the board of Lake Como International Piano Academy which supports numerous professional students who have received the highest prizes and recognitions at international competitions around the world.  In 2015, his efforts has led to the creation of the Oberlin-Como Piano Academy Fellowship program at Oberlin Conservatory.  He also served as the President of the Music Teachers’ Association of California (MTAC) Orange County North branch,  Director of Elizabeth Mandell Music Institute (EMMI), the music division of Crossroads School for Arts and Science and currently serves as the President of the Opus Music Foundation.  Dong contributes his artistry and management skills for the further growth and development of the school. 

Mr. Dong is a Microsoft Certified Internet Professional and System Engineer and oversees the development and deployment of music related software in his spare time.