Music Director, The Learners Orchestra
Bass-baritone and conductor Apollo WONG received his education in vocal studies at the University of California, Los Angeles under the supervision of Vladimir CHERNOV and Juliana GONDEK. He has also studied with Sami KUSTALOGLU in Berlin.
WONG has sung operatic and musical roles including Zuniga in BIZET’s Carmen, the Superintendent Budd and Bottom in BRITTEN’s Albert Herring and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Frère Laurent and Le Duc in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, Ariodate in Handel’s Serse, Benoit and Alcindoro in Puccini’s La Bohème, Barone Trombonok in Rossini’s Il Viaggio a Reims, Javert in Les Miserables, among others. He was also in the role of Lu Xun in 2013 Hong Kong Arts Festival’s world premiere production of Heart of Coral by Dr CHAN Hing Yan; and in the roles of King Oryant/Markes in the 2014 premiere of Jeffrey CHING’s Before Brabant in the same festival. His concert and oratorio repertoire include BACH’s St. John Passion and St. Matthew Passion, BEETHOVEN’s Symphony No. 9, Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem, FAURE’s Requiem, HANDEL’s Messiah and Dixit Dominus, HAYDN’s Stabat Mater, MENDELSSOHN’s Elijah, MOZART’s Requiem, PUCCINI’s Messa di Gloria, among others. He has sung under conductors such as Paolo OLMI, Renato PALUMBO, Joseph RESCIGNO, Helmuth RILLING and Francois-Xavier ROTH.
WONG has won first places in Palm Springs Opera Guild Vocal competition and the Pasadena Opera Guild Vocal Scholarship. His European debut was at La Fenice Sale Apollinee, Venice, Italy.
Being an active conductor, WONG has studied privately and participated in masterclasses under Paolo OLMI, Colin METTERS, Johannes SCHLAEFLI and Helmuth RILLING. He has conducted the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and also worked as Music Director of the Hong Kong Youth Choir and the Opera Hong Kong Children’s Chorus. He is currently Music Director of The Learners Chorus and The Learners Orchestra. Major works conducted include Magnificat by BACH and RUTTER, BERNSTEIN’s Chichester Psalms, BRAHMS’ Ein Deutsches Requiem and Schicksalslied, MAHLER’s Symphony No. 2 “Resurrection” and Symphony No. 8 “Symphony of a Thousand”, MOZART’s Requiem, PROKOFIEV’s Alexander Nevsky, RACHMANINOFF’s The Bells, ROSSINI’s Messa di Gloria and VERDI’s Messa da Requiem.
He has been chorus masters for conductors such as Lorin MAAZEL and Helmuth RILLING, assistant conductor of Bruno Aprea in Opera Hong Kong’s production of PUCCINI’s La Bohème, conductor of Opera Hong Kong’s Summer Opera Camp’s productions of The Magic Flute and The Pirates of Penzance and principal musical advisor of Hong Kong Children’s Choir musical Magical Beanland.
WONG will lead and conduct The Learners Orchestra to participate in SliderAsia 2015 as Collaborative Orchestra, accompanying the winners of SliderAsia Open international solo competitions in the winners’ feature.