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Rarely do I write reviews, but I felt strongly about this gem of a teacher that I found. Francis is knowledgeable, professional, and dedicated. As a piano teacher, he is patient, encouraging, and extremely caring. As a person, he is a character I admire—hard working, kind to those around him, and inspiring. His worldly and extensive training in music theory and in practice shows in his approach in teaching. I cannot convey in words how grateful I am to have found Francis. As an architect, I absolutely enjoy the challenge I get from learning to play the piano and using a different part of my brain, and I always look forward to our next lesson as my skills continue to improve with each lesson. This holiday, I will be playing several classic Christmas tunes that I've always hoped to learn to play. Thank you, Francis for everything! I look forward to continuing to learn from you and getting better!Oct 16, 2018Verified
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Francis was so kind and patient with me. His first lesson was very thorough and helpful. I’m looking forward to gaining more out of his teachings! Very happy to have hired him and definitely recommend.Jul 12, 2019Verified
Francis is a wonderful teacher - he has patience and such experience. My 6 years old daughter is very happy with her lessons.Sep 6, 2019Verified
As a 48 year old trying to learn piano for the first time, I am not your normal young student and knew I would require a special teacher. Dr Hon instantly got me to jump in and I was playing within an hour. He was calm and inventive as he shared with me simple secrets to playing better and more easily. He also pivoted his approach throughout my lessons to find the best way for me to learn. I have no doubt his years of learning have armed him with many many ways to provide his students with custom lessons and learning. I highly recommend him and can't wait for my next lesson.Sep 23, 2019Verified
Francis was very talented and played exactly how we requested, which was to be background music during a post wedding dinner party. He was very punctual, pleasant and talented! I would definitely recommend him.Sep 30, 2019Verified
Wei Hau Hon
- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?For piano/theory lesson in Manhattan or Brooklyn, travel fee already included in the price.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?For Piano/Theory Lesson: We can discuss and schedule a lesson, starting with the music style and materials you are currently interested in, I can also make some recommendations to help you explore the repertoire. The lesson contents are customized based on your need and is flexible to adjust anytime. Weekly meeting basis is suggested for making a good progression. I usually travel to client's place for lessons. For Music Entertainment: I'd love to know more about the event so our performance can perfectly fit your needs and together make a successful event. We will walk through the details including music style, preferred repertoire, desired instrumentation, event length, venue equipment, location, and so on.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?“With a confident, graceful tone and a smart harmonic sensibility...with his harmonic concept at its most sophisticated, it’s the record’s best evidence that Hon has a promising career ahead of him in this music.” — ALL ABOUT JAZZ Born in Taipei, Taiwan, Dr. Francis Hon began playing classical piano at the age of six. In 2011, Francis moved to the United States to pursue a Doctorate in Classical Piano Performance at The University of Texas at Austin, where he studied with Gregory Allen, the Grand Prize winner of the 1980 Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Competition. Francis was always influenced by a variety of musical genres, which formed the foundation of his future musical style. Francis ignited his passion for jazz music in Austin, “the live music capital of the world.” While continuing his classical piano studies, he took up jazz piano with Jeff Hellmer and started playing with many musicians on the Austin jazz scene. He also worked as the Assistant Artistic Director and Lead Pianist for “Life in the City,” a weekly concert with jazz music and other genres. Francis’ final doctorate thesis in the work of Nikolai Kapustin solidified his interest in combining elements of classical music with the jazz idiom. After graduation, Francis moved to New York City to attend the Jazz Studies Masters Program at New York University. While acting as an Adjunct Instructor of Piano at NYU, he studied with renowned musicians on today’s jazz scene, including: John Scofield, Stefon Harris, Don Friedman, Alan Broadbent, Billy Drummond, Alex Sipiagin, Ralph Lalama, Billy Drewes, Ron McClure, Tony Moreno, Alan Ferber, Michael Rodriguez, and others. He also lead his trio and quartet in various distinguished productions and events, performed in many music venues in New York including Club Bonafide, Rockwood Music Hall, ShapeShifter Lab, Tomi Jazz, Tishman Auditorium, Williamsburg Music Center, Queensborough Performing Arts Center Theatre, The Provincetown Playhouse, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York, and others. In 2017, Francis co-founded World Jazz Quintet (WJQ) along with Dr. Scott Litroff, David Ullmann, Jeong Hwan Park, and Daisuke Konno. The WJQ draws from a variety of styles including jazz standard, American and Asian pop, contemporary, experimental, and folk music from around the world to produce a truly unique and highly improvisational sound. Francis' jazz trio debut album, "Before Dawn," was released in 2018 to positive media reviews. The album consists almost entirely of Francis’ original compositions and arrangements and features Billy Drummond. Audio of the album is available on all music platforms.