Biography

Pianist Shelley Ng is known for her communicative, colourful and memorable performances.  She has performed on three continents in venues including Carnegie Hall, the Seiji Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood, Harris Hall in Aspen, Milton Court and the St. James Church-Piccadilly in London, the Hong Kong City Hall, and Hong Kong Cultural Center.  She was twice an Instrumental Piano Fellow at the prestigious Tanglewood Festival and has participated in other renowned international festivals such as the Aspen Music Festival. Her performances and interviews have been broadcast on Radio Television Hong Kong. 

Highlights of her 2019-2020 season includes 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, Bernstein, Beethoven and Previn Trios, Brahms and Schumann Piano Quintets, Rzewski’s Coming Together, Ravel’s Frontispice with Jacob Greenberg, the American premiere of Hilda Paredes’ Revelación, playing two pianos at the same time in Asyla under Thomas Adès’ baton and others.  She also appeared in over 250 solo and chamber music concerts on the Lincoln Center Stage in addition to the Taiwan International Festival of Arts as the guest artist of the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble.  

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 appeared as a concerto soloist with the Hong Kong Medical Association Orchestra and Hong Kong Symphonic Winds and worked with celebrated conductors Andris Nelsons and Thomas Adès.  She has also performed in masterclasses for leading musicians including Peter Serkin, Emmanuel Ax, Robert Levin, Garrick Ohlsson, Paul Lewis, and Sylvia Rosenberg. 

Shelley was a candidate of Doctor of Musical Arts at the USC Thornton School of Music in Solo Piano under the tutelage of Bernadene Blaha.  She was the staff pianist of studios of Midori Gotō, Pamela Frank and Margaret Batjer. Shelley holds Master’s degrees in piano performance from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with distinction and from Rice University, where she served on the piano and chamber music faculty of the Preparatory Program. She has 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 principal teachers Virginia Weckstrom, Katya Apekisheva, Nancy Loo and coaches Cho-Liang Lin and Norman Fischer have become important mentors in her music career.  

09/2020

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