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Elender Wall, soprano Bryant Kong, piano

Elender Wall, sopranoElender Wall is well-versed in both standard and non-standard vocal repertoire. A champion of the music of living composers, she has had many new works written for her. She performs art songs, chamber music, and operas and has appeared throughout the United States.

Ms. Wall has built a career by performing new music. Recently, she toured the United States with the Sonos Handbell Ensemble, singing Hell’s Belles by Libby Larsen and other works. She has performed in new operas, singing the roles of Mistress Quickly in Gordon Getty’s Plump Jack and the Fairy Godmother in Michael Matsumoto’s Cinderella in Extremis. She has also been involved in a number of short films, appearing both on-screen and on soundtracks.

Multi-talented, Ms. Wall is accomplished in areas outside of music as well. She is co-author of a college physics textbook and is a professional belly dancer. She holds a degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and a second degree in physics from San Francisco State University.

Bryant Kong, pianoBryant Kong is a composer, pianist, and humorist. He is the founder of Stuffed Penguin Music and serves as its President and CEO. A specialist in neglected classical repertoire—particularly the music of American composer Edward MacDowell—he performs in solo piano and chamber music concerts. The Poetry of Donald Rumsfeld is his first song cycle.

An entrepreneur by nature, Mr. Kong has built his career by creating initiatives to solve unmet needs. When his college did not have a concerto competition, he assembled his own orchestra so that he could perform one. Recently, he founded Stuffed Penguin to bring music neglected by the classical music industry to listeners neglected by that industry. Mr. Kong has supported other new initiatives, for example competing in the inaugural International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs held by the Van Cliburn Foundation in Fort Worth, TX.

An avid sportsman, Mr. Kong won a medal in international track and field competition at Gay Games V, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and completed the California International Marathon in a driving winter rainstorm. He holds an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School and a BA from Carleton College, Northfield, MN.