Biography

Internationally acclaimed pianist Shelley Ng has performed extensively as a soloist and in chamber ensembles on three continents in many of the world’s most renowned venues including Carnegie Hall (New York), the Seiji Ozawa Hall (Tanglewood), Harris Hall (Aspen), Milton Court and the St. James Church-Piccadilly (London), Hong Kong City Hall, and Hong Kong Cultural Centre.  She was invited to perform at prestigious festivals including the Tanglewood Music Festival, where she also appeared in the Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music. She performed in the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival upon the invitation of noted composer, pianist and conductor Marc Neikrug. In addition to these festivals, Shelley has performed at Aspen Music Festival and Taiwan International Festival of Arts. Her performances and interviews have also been featured on Radio Television Hong Kong and WHRB, Harvard Radio Broadcasting.

Recent highlights include the world premiere of Daniel Lo’s interdisciplinary work The Happy Family, and being featured as the pianist and curator of concert Remembrance by the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble, transcription and performance of the piano solo for John Cage’s Concert for Piano and Orchestra, Oliver Knussen’s Sonya’s Lullaby in his tribute concert, Rzewski’s Coming Together, the American premiere of Hilda Paredes’ Revelación, playing two pianos at the same time in Asyla under Thomas Adès’ baton and others.  She toured Mediterranean Europe, Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean in over 250 solo and chamber music concerts with the resident piano quintet on Holland America Line through its partnership with Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

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A devoted musician of varied interests, Shelley has been pushing her limits as a pianist.  In addition to extensive concerts of piano literature, she continually explores off-the-beaten path pieces like Medtner’s Piano Concerto No.2 in C minor.  She is a committed performer of contemporary music and has premiered numerous works.  She also incorporates improvisation into relevant concert repertoire. Ms. Ng’s chamber music expertise has led to performances with renowned artists Michael Webster, Richard Brown, and musicians from the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Houston Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, LA Opera, and San Francisco Opera. She also played unusual repertoire including a recital of Klezmer tunes and Shulamit Ran’s Birkat Haderekh alongside Michael Webster and Richard Brown, and a performance of George Antheil’s Ballet Mechanique for four pianists and eleven percussionists.  Pushing towards the outer limits of piano repertoire, she enjoys exploring different keyboard instruments such as the harmonium, synthesizer, celeste, accordion, toy piano and the harpsichord. 

Shelley is a laureate of international competitions such as the International Music Competition Salzburg Grand Prize Virtuoso, Shepherd School Concerto Competition, the St. James Chamber Prize (United Kingdom), and the Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld International String Competition. She has worked with celebrated conductors including Andris Nelsons, Thomas Adès and Gemma New. She appeared as a concerto soloist with the Hong Kong Symphonic Winds, CityU Philharmonic Orchestra and Hong Kong Medical Association Orchestra.  She has also performed for numerous world-renowned artists in masterclasses including Emmanuel Ax, Robert Levin, Peter Serkin, Garrick Ohlsson, Paul Lewis, and Sylvia Rosenberg. 

Beyond her regular performance activities, Shelley’s fascination with interdisciplinary collaborations has led her to perform and improvise with dancers of the USC Kaufman School of Dance, London Contemporary Dance School and actors from Television Broadcasts Limited, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and The Shadow Players.  As an avid advocate of outreach programmes, she has performed for diverse audiences including underprivileged children and victims of domestic violence.  She also performed in the UN International Day of Peace Ceremony and Gandhi Peace Concert. In 2016, she curated an autism awareness benefit concert featuring music by composers that showed autistic traits, interspersed with narration from the perspectives of autistic children.

Shelley is currently Emerging Artist of the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble. Before accepting this position in 2020, Shelley studied at the USC Thornton School of Music in Piano Performance with Bernadene Blaha.  She was the staff pianist of studios of Midori Gotō, Pamela Frank, Bing Wang and Margaret Batjer.  Shelley earned her Master’s degrees from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with distinction under the tutelage of Katya Apekisheva and subsequently from Rice University, where she taught piano and chamber music. She received a First Class Honours Bachelor’s in Music from The Chinese University of Hong Kong, where she was on the Faculty of Arts Dean’s List in all three years of her studies. Her primary teachers Virginia Weckstrom in the United States, Nancy Loo in Hong Kong and coaches Cho-Liang Lin and Norman Fischer have become important mentors in her music career.  

吳宇晴常於歐洲、北美及亞洲的主要音樂中心演出,包括紐約卡內基音樂廳,倫敦Milton Court以及國際知名的Tanglewood音樂節和Aspen 音樂節。她去年在林肯中心舞台表演了逾250場獨奏和室內樂音樂會。吳氏從香港中文大學畢業後分別於倫敦Guildhall音樂戲劇學院和侯斯頓的萊斯大學修畢獨奏和室內樂碩士學位。在萊斯大學修讀期間被大學聘任爲鋼琴合作藝術家、鋼琴及室內樂導師。吳氏曾跟隨羅乃新、Virginia Weckstrom、林昭亮和Norman Fischer 等名家學習,並參與演奏Emmanuel Ax, Endellion String Quartet, Kum-Sing Lee, Robert Levin, Garrick Ohlsson, Peter Serkin等的大師班。她現為香港創樂團一員,另外也獲邀在著名的聖達菲(Santa Fe)音樂節舉辦獨奏會。

10/2021