Gwendolyn Mok, piano
The night's best performance...was by pianist Gwendolyn Mok...whose performance of Ravel's Piano Concerto in G begged for adjectives: How about peerless, fetching, rhythmically incisive, powerful, lyrical, and played with a touch light as a cat's paws? This is a tricky piece, full of rhythmic crosscurrents. It's shimmery, shot through with blue twists a la Gershwin...Her lines floated, then drizzled, then motored with the drive of a stride pianist, or the precision of a tiny clock's gears...Mok was the show; her Adagio was a slow, serene reverie, verging on heartbreak. The university is lucky to have her. Mercury News review of San Jose State University's 150th Anniversary Gala Concert, 4/6/07
Born in New York, Gwendolyn Mok has appeared in many of the world's leading concert halls, including the Barbican, Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and the Hong Kong Performing Arts Center. She is frequently invited to play and record with major international orchestras, most notably the London Symphony, the Philharmonia, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, the Beijing Philharmonic Orchestra and the Residentie Orkestre of The Hague.
Currently the coordinator of Keyboard Studies at San Jose State University School of Music and Dance, Mok began her career at the Juilliard School of Music. She completed her undergraduate studies at Yale University and received her doctorate from State University of New York at Stony Brook, going on to win numerous piano competitions.
Mok is a recording artist for Nonesuch/Elektra, Musical Heritage Society, Cala Records, and EMI. She can also be heard on several movie soundtrack recordings of music by Maurice Jarre.