Allard-Wong Duo

Allard-Wong Duo - Violin & Piano Duo

Canadian-born Simon-Philippe Allard studies violin at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama with David Adams while taking a sabbatical from his current position as Assistant Principal Second Violin in Symphony Nova Scotia, Canada, where he has been since 2004. He had his first violin lesson at the age of five and later obtained degrees in Violin Performance from McGill University and Université de Montréal. Simon-Philippe has been playing professionally for 20 years and has significant orchestral experience. Following successful auditions he was admitted to the placement schemes at the Welsh National Opera Orchestra and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. He recently founded the Taff String Quartet with other students and formed a duo with pianist Melanie Wong. A classical musician at heart, he is nonetheless open to exploring different styles and during his time in Halifax was member of a traditional Celtic band.

Melanie Wong is a postgraduate student of the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, specializing in Piano Accompaniment. She has studied with many well-known accompanists such as Benjamin Frith, Simon Lepper, and Joseph Middleton. She is an active musician and has 7 years’ experience of teaching and performing. She does not limit herself to teaching piano; she is also a violin teacher and a choral conductor. Known as a quick learner and good sight reader, she is highly sought after as a rehearsal pianist for auditions, and for language and opera classes at RWCMD. She has also been a regular choral accompanist for more than 10 years. She has recently participated in competitions with instrumentalists and vocalists in both Cardiff and London.

Download a sample repertoire list, or see a YouTube clip of the duo playing.