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David Wong: Inaugurated a new epoch of Asia-American relations by being the first Chinese conductor to lead a youth orchestra in its performance at Carnegie Hall in New York in 2000


WongPortrait David Wong is the founder and music director of both the Plano International Youth Orchestra (PIYO) and the Elite Cultural Center at Richardson. The PIYO’s predecessor, the Dallas Chinese American Youth Orchestra (DCAYO), was the first full-size youth symphony orchestra among Asian communities in the United States.

Notable performances included the Meyerson Symphony Center in 1995, the opening ceremony for World Cup ’94 soccer in Dallas, the Dallas Multi-Cultural Festival in 1993, and the 1992 Mrs. USA Pageant in Plano (televised by CBS). A Dallas-based musician dedicated to educating young students, Wong also founded the North American Elite Youth Orchestra (NAEYO) in 1995 by recruiting a group of talented young musicians from across the country.

For eight years they performed in domestic and international concert tours, including Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Singapore, Taiwan and China. These major concerts were marked by the production of 11 compact discs and DVDs. Wong also served as guest conductor of several Chinese symphony orchestras (including Henan, Xia-man Chengdu Opera House Orchestra; Beijing Central, Sichuan, Guangzhou, Xi-an, Wu-han, Guangxi, Nanjing Conservatory) and the University of Central Oklahoma Orchestra. His ideas and achievements in blending eastern and western musical styles, training young musicians, and promoting cultural exchange between Americans and Chinese, have been recognized by city arts commissions locally and by governments internationally.

He was honored as one of the Top Ten Outstanding Young Persons in 1993 by Taiwan, and in 1996 received the Music and Culture Award from the Greater Dallas Asian American Chamber of Commerce. He also received the 14th Annual Golden Eagle Award from Tamkang University (Taiwan) in 2000 and the Outstanding Alumnus Award from the University of Central Oklahoma.


北美菁英交响乐团创办人及常任指挥汪大衛先生,也是德州演艺基金会及达拉斯菁英文化中心的创办人及执行长,是全球第一位以「中华音乐响遍全世界」理念,献身奔走于北美洲的华人。自九五年起,遴选来自美国廿二州及加拿大的华裔菁英,连续十年成功组训,巡演于北美、中国大陆及台湾,至今已累积至500位团员。1999年4月,指挥华人乐团首度迈入世界殿堂级的甘乃迪(Kennedy)中心音乐厅的演出,二千六百位观众,座无虚席。2000年10月8日再以第一个华人青年交响乐团登陆世界音乐之都纽约的卡奈基(Carnegie)音乐厅。

1999年7月,首度成功运作指挥中国大陆第一流的音乐学府--中央音乐学院、中国青年交响乐团一百人巡演于北京音乐厅、杭州、宁波、广州、高雄、台中、台北等城市,取得圆满成功。2004年7月,再度成功指挥中国西南最富盛名的四川音乐学院、四川青年交响乐团巡演于台湾台北新舞台,宣传四川风格以及藏族风情的管弦乐作品。

自2000年4月起,他已走访指挥过武汉音乐学院交响乐团、广西艺术学院乐团、河南歌舞剧院、厦门交响乐团、成都歌舞剧院交响乐团、四川音乐学院交响乐团、重庆西南大学交响乐团、南京艺术学院管弦乐团、甘肃省歌剧院、西安音乐学院乐团、沈阳音乐学院交响乐团。并与贵州艺术学院、云南艺术学院师生们举行学术座谈。2011年8月他的指挥生涯因策划“辛亥世革命100周年--太平洋两岸五都巡演”,带领美国菁英交响乐团联合广州小天使交响乐团在广卅•南京•扬卅•台中•台北演出贝多芬第3号英雄交响曲向孙中山致敬再越高峯。 他以美式的幽默训练方式,让团员如沐春风,他生动的口才启动观众聆赏的热情,激励团员演奏的士气,使各很多观众成为他的朋友。

卓越的音乐行政经验累积及锲而不舍的毅力,是开创北美菁英交响乐团成功的主因。积极提携后进,发掘新秀,他特有的亲和力及说服力,更获得所有家长及朋友的敬重,汪大衛『让中华音乐响遍世界』提升华人在世界的地位的理想的实践与付出,获颁华侨联合总会九三年海外优秀青年奖章及九四年十大杰出青年奖,达拉斯亚裔商会杰出文化音乐奖及美国中央奥克拉荷马大学、淡江大学杰出校友奖。这对汪大先衛生的确是实至名归。


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