May Ling Kwok

May Ling Kwok
Music Performance Instructor

BMus (UVic), MM (Indiana)

Area of expertise


Brief biography 

A graduate with distinction of the University of Victoria, May Ling Kwok first studied with Robin Wood at the Victoria Conservatory of Music and later with Gyorgy Sebok at Indiana University, USA, where awarded the distinguished Performer's Certificate. 

She is very active as a performer, piano teacher and adjudicator. Concert tours have taken her to the United States, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Mexico, Russia and Europe. She has appeared as soloist with the Victoria Symphony, the Montreal Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico, Moscow Philharmonic, Vladivostok Symphony Orchestra, the Slovakia Radio Orchestra and the Czech National Symphony. She has given master classes in various countries such as Russia, China and across North America. In 1997, she was chosen as the soloist with the Victoria Symphony to tour British Columbia, which included a highly successful performance of Mozart's Piano Concerto K466 at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts in Vancouver. 

Also an accomplished chamber musician, she is a founding member of the McPherson Trio. 

Selected discography

  • Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Moscow Philharmonic (Fanfare Records), 1993 
  • Prokofiev Violin Sonata in D, Pablo Diemecke, violin (Pro Arte), 1993 
  • Piano Trios by Arensky and Shostakovich (Fanfare Records), 1995 
  • Mozart Concerti K.467 and K.491 with the Czech National Symphony (Carlton Classics), 1996 
  • Schumann Piano Concerto with the Slovakia Radio Orchestra (Carlton Classsics), 1997 
  • Dvorak Sonatine, Pablo Diemecke, violin (Pro Arte), 1997 
  • Mozart Concerti K.466 and K.595 (Carlton Classics)

Her CDs are very popular among music lovers. The Mozart Concerti K.467 and K.491 sold over 3000 copies in Great Britain alone since its release. Her recordings were frequently featured by CBC Radio across Canada. Recently, her Mozart K.467 was chosen in a CD release showcasing noted Canadian classical musicians such as Andrew Davis, Maureen Forrester and Ofra Harnoy.