Gabriel Ng’s trophy cabinet is filling up fast with wins from the Singapore National Piano and Violin Competition, the HSBC Youth Excellence Award and the Yehudi Menuhin International Competition for Young Violinists in Beijing.
The First Steps
Just four when he began violin lessons at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts School of Young Talents, Ng was 10 when he was admitted into The Yehudi Menuhin School in the UK. The well-travelled 18-year-old has played in Japan (at age seven), Rome, Germany and Jakarta, and would like to perform in as many venues as possible, but admits: “Singapore will always be home to me.”
The Creative Process
“In classical music, most of the creative work has to come from the music score,” explains Ng. “I also get an idea of how a piece should be by listening to other pieces by the composer so that I gain an awareness of his style. For example, if I am learning Bartok’s Second Violin Concerto, I listen to Bartok’s Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta and gain an understanding of his Nachtmusik (night music) style, which sounds like music out of a horror film.”
The Notable Works
Ng made his Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) debut last year at the Esplanade 10th Anniversary Concert. His second appearance with the SSO, playing Mozart’s First Violin Concerto earlier this year, was a performance described by The Straits Times as “warm and welcoming” and “unforced”. To the local audience, it’s apparent that he’s come into his own.