Biography

Born in Seremban, Malaysia, pianist Geraldine Ong has performed recitals in China, France, Malaysia, United States, and Vietnam, including a debut at the Kennedy Center, Washington DC. Geraldine specializes in 19th/20th century French music, in particular, the piano works of composer Maurice Ravel.

Geraldine has performed Rachmaninoff’s 2nd Piano Concerto with the Houston Symphony under the baton of Robert Franz and Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra (NUSO) under Victor Yampolsky. She has also performed Ravel’s Left Hand Concerto with the Houston Civic Symphony and Symphony North of Houston. As an avid collaborative artist and chamber musician, she is seen in many concerts throughout the year.  Past collaborations include concerts with Bernice Ooi, violinist in the Royal Swedish Opera and Virama (Malaysia); Yamaha artist, Jason T. Laczkoski, saxophonist; and Buffet Crampon artist, Cecilia Kang, clarinetist. In addition, she has been in concerts with Greenbriar Consortium, Houston Grand Opera Co., and AURA Contemporary Ensemble. Her performances have been featured on Fox Television Network KRIV Channel-26, Chicago’s WFMT 98.7 FM – Chicago’s Classical and Folk Music radio, and Houston’s KUHA 91.7 FM radio The Front Row.  Recently, a recording of Schubert’s Fantasy in F minor for Four Hands with pianist Jean Park was featured on San Antonio’s Education Channel.  An excerpt of the piece was recorded and featured in a film “Don’t Let the Night End.”  The movie is currently available on Amazon Prime Video.

In 2011-2013, Ong was selected as a Da Camera of Houston Young Artist, a fellowship program for emerging professional instrumentalists, singers and composers. Other accolades include special recognition at the San Antonio International Piano Competition, fourth place and audience prize at the Ima Hogg National Concerto Competition, first place at the New Orleans Piano Institute Concerto Competition, and third place at the Music Teachers National Association Young Artist Competition.

Geraldine earned a Doctor of Musical Arts from University of Houston Moores School of Music studying with renowned pedagogue Nancy Weems. She was awarded the prestigious Presidential Graduate Fellowship, Winifred and Maurice Hirsch Memorial Scholarship, and Charles and Dorothy Bishop Scholarship. Prior to doctoral studies, Geraldine received masters and bachelors degrees from Northwestern University and Missouri State University respectively. Past principle teachers include Alan Chow, Wei-Han Su, and Chong-Lim Ng.

Geraldine currently teaches at Musical Arts Center of San Antonio, Inc. (Stone Oak location).  In 2018, she was awarded the Steinway Top Teacher Award.  Previously, she served as Assistant Professor of Piano for four years at Valley City State University, North Dakota, where she taught applied piano, class piano, piano pedagogy, and music theory. Prior to that, she held adjunct positions at Houston Community College and University of Houston.  She has taught at International Music Camp, located at the beautiful International Peace Gardens in Dunseith, North Dakota.  She is a member of the San Antonio Music Teachers Association (Board Member), Texas Music Teachers Association, Music Teachers National Association, Texas Federation of Music Clubs, and Pi Kappa Lambda.