Ward-Kong Duo

Felix Mendelssohn • Sonata in D major
Alberto Ginastera • Pampeana No. 2
Gabriel Fauré • Sonata in D minor

Peabody Conservatory-based cello-piano duo of Alicia Ward and Kimberly Kong will contrast Mendelssohn’s and Fauré’s Romantic-era bookends with Ginastera’s Argentinian gaucho-singing declamations, meditations, vigorous folk rhythms, and frenzied dance elements .

Alicia Ward made her orchestral debut as a featured soloist at the age of twelve, and has since performed throughout the US and abroad as chamber musician, recitalist and soloist. Her performances have taken her throughout North America, Europe, and Japan, to concert halls, including Strathmore, Carnegie Hall, Jordan Hall and The Kennedy Center.

As an active chamber musician, she has been invited to festivals including the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, the Menuhin Chamber Music Seminar in San Francisco, and the International Music Academy in the Czech Republic. In 2005, Ms. Ward was one of twelve cellists selected to perform at the International Piatigorsky Seminar for Cellists held at the University of Southern California. She has also been invited to the Banff International Cello Master Classes and the Young Artists Program of the National Arts Centre, under the direction of Pinchas Zukerman.

Ms. Ward received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Peabody Institute where she studied with David Hardy.  She received her Master of Music degree from the New England Conservatory under the tutelage of Laurence Lesser.  Ms. Ward is on the faculty of the Peabody Preparatory.

Kimberly Kong first attracted public attention at the age of 9 with her successful debut with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.  Since then, she has appeared frequently as a soloist with the orchestra under the baton of Marvin Hamlish.

Ms. Kong’s other solo appearances include recitals at Carnegie Weill Recital Hall in New York, Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Heinz Hall in Pittsburgh, PNC Hall at Duquesne University, Puccini Theatre in Italy. In 2005, she made her debut with the National Symphony Orchestra performing the Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor at the Kennedy Center.

Ms. Kong attended the Peabody Institute for her Bachelor of Music and received her Master of Music from the Juilliard School studying with Julian Martin.

Currently, Ms. Kong is pursuing a Doctoral degree in Piano Performance and a Master’s degree in Musicology at the Peabody Institute studying with Yong Hi Moon. She has been piano faculty at the Peabody Preparatory since 2011. In addition, she teaches at the Performing Arts Institute Summer Music Festival in PA.