Benedict Ng is a violist and music educator from Singapore who believes that music has a powerful and uplifting impact on the community. He read music in King’s College London, graduating with First Class Honours, before completing his Masters in viola performance at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland under a scholarship from the RCS Trust. He is blessed to have had the opportunity to learn under his principal teachers; James Sleigh, Duncan Ferguson, and Dr. Yeo Jan Wea.
Keen on collaboration, he freelances with the Metropolitan Festival Orchestra and has performed with the Orchestra of the Music Makers (OMM), the Hornton Chamber orchestra and L’arietta Productions. He has also been selected to partake in side-by-side projects with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, and the Hebrides Ensemble. Moreover, he participated in the Irish Chamber Orchestra Academy and the Berlin Opera Academy. As a soloist and collaborator, he was awarded the Anthony and Susan Chow International Travel Prize from King’s College London and performed recitals in Penang and Wuxi, People’s Republic of China with pianist Gu Erchao. He was also a finalist in the RCS Governor’s Recital String Award Competition. Since returning to Singapore, he has collaborated with local composers in the Imprint Concert Series, supported by the National Arts Council Digital Presentation Grant.
Education and community outreach is a central aspect of his artistic practice. He has conducted workshops and masterclasses at Yuhua Secondary School and National Junior College. Ben has also worked as a Studio Assistant at the Singapore Teacher’s Academy for the Arts and provided support to research and courses for the professional development of teachers. As a member of OMM’s Community Engagement Team, he has helped organise outreach projects such as the PlaywithOMM and the OMM Open House. During his time in the UK, he was appointed as an instrumental ambassador for the Benedetti Foundation, participating in the Benedetti sessions in Dundee. He also offered free music tuition to children through the London City Mission and received the King’s Experience Award in recognition of his efforts. He is currently appointed as a Teaching Assistant in the Career Orientation and Community Engagement Team at YST.
Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music,
National University of Singapore