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 the 1st place in the professional category at the Pearl River 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 have 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.
Dong started his teaching career at Yale University teaching secondary piano classes for the college 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.
Aside from his teaching at Opus119, Dong is on the board of directors of Lake Como International Piano Foundation which supports numerous students who have received the highest prizes and recognitions at international competitions around the world. He also served as the president of the Music Teachers’ Association of California (MTAC) Orange County North branch from 2005 through 2007. His expertise in music education has lead to his appointment as the music director of Elizabeth Mandell Music Institute (EMMI), the music division of Crossroads School for Arts and Science in Santa Monica. Dong contributes his artistry and management skills for the further growth and development of the school.
Ethan Dong is also a Microsoft Certified Internet Professional and System Engineer; a pilot trainee and holds PADI (professional association of diving instructors) which certifies for open water diving.