Glancing at the composed image of a piano master in front of the keyboard, you might have already mentally pegged Jonathan Wong for the all-dedicated piano master, with a life spent in sole devotion to a mastery of the likes of Bach, Chopin, and Rachmananov. But there is so much more to Dr. Jonathan Wong.
In addition to receiving classical training in Piano Performance from the Royal Toronto Conservatory of Music, Dr. Jonathan Wong is also an established palliative care physician. He also works as the co director of the contemporary service at Mary Road United Church, just down the road from our studios here at CHVN, and is an accomplished guitarist to boot.
The Medical Maestro and Musical Doctor doesn't just bless others in hospital wards and worship sessions with his work - the albums he's recorded have raised thousands in funds and awareness for noble causes in the city.
In 2012, Wong and fellow musician and friend Chuck Kroeker released a guitar album, 80 Strings, with all sales going to support the work of Hospitality House Refugee Ministry, a charitable organization that helps recently landed refugees get the help and support they need to start new lives here in the city.
Through his involvement in the University of Manitoba's partnerships with Habitat for Humanity, which have seen the construction of two houses over the two years they've worked together, Wong came to connect deeply with the charity's work.
His latest solo piano, a selection of works by Chopin, was released just a few weeks ago, with proceeds going to support Habitat for Humanity and its work. As of October 27, sales of Keys to Home have raised funds to the tune of $14,000.
Here he is talking about the journey in music that has brought him to the present.
To get your hands on Jonathan Wong's albums, Keys to Home & 80 Strings, youc can visit his bandcamp.