Nicholas Ng

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Nicholas Ng playing the erhu

Life

Born: 09 September 1979

Biography

Nicholas Ng composes both contemporary classical and commercial music. He has been commissioned by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Foundation for Universal Sacred Music, The Song Company, The Australian Voices, Music for Everyone, United Nations of Australia, Australian Choreographic Centre, Tugpindulayaw Theatre, Sydney-Asia Pacific Film Festival and the Art Gallery of NSW. Published by Orpheus Music, his compositions have been broadcast on ABC Classic-FM and awarded prizes including the Ignaz Friedman Memorial Prize, De Viana Music Prize and the Orpheus Publications Composition Prize.

As a performer, Nicholas plays the erhu (Chinese ‘violin’) for contemporary dance, multicultural performances, multimedia artwork, theatre and meditation. In 2004, he featured in Sounds of Peace, a meditation concert with David Jones (percussion) and Carmen Warrington (voice).

Adept in a variety of musical styles, Nicholas has featured at venues such as ‘The Studio’, Sydney Opera House, Yat-Sen Memorial Hall (Taipei) and Merkin Concert Hall (New York City). He is honoured to be performing in William Yang’s Performing Lines production, China, which commenced on its European tour this year after several Australian seasons.

In April 2008, Nicholas completed a PhD in composition with Prof. Larry Sitsky and Dr. Stephen Wild at the School of Music, Australian National University (ANU), where he is a lecturer in the Musicology Department.

Nicholas is looking forward to performing his latest work, 'The Garden', an erhu concerto written for Orchestra Victoria under the baton of Australian composer/conductor Richard Mills. Plans for the near future include a production of a 50-minute chamber opera, 'Eclipse', and a collaborative project with performers Dr Ruth Lee Martin (voice, bodhran, harmonium), Marie Le Brun (voice), Liena Lacey (celtic & jazz harps), Dheeraj Shrestha (tabla) and Chow Peiqian (zhongruan - Chinese 'guitar').

Fascinated by the human voice, Nicholas is especially eager to combine voice with instrumental forces in innovative ways while marrying the ancient and modern through the use of traditional instruments and electronic sound.

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List of choral works

  • The Great Invocation: for SATB choir, soprano recorder, erhu, didgeridoo, violin, viola, `cello, double bass & 2 percussionists (2006), 12 mins | commissioned by The Foundation for Universal Sacred Music
  • Some Yum Cha-Cha: for Soprano 1 & 2, Alto, Tenor, Baritone & Bass. Commissioned by The Song Company (2002), 7 mins |  commissioned by The Song Company


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Publications

Music Score

  • Opium dreaming for string quartet [music] / the Sandfly. 2000. Description: 1 score (16 p.) University of Sydney. The University of Sydney Library (NU) Call No: fhrb
  • Bathing the Buddha [music] : for recorder quintet Ds, Tr, T, Bs, CB (if available) / Nicholas Ng. Armidale, N.S.W. : Orpheus Music, c2006. Description: 1 score (11 p.) +5 parts ; ISMN: M720028644. OMP 150 National Library of Australia. National Library of Australia (ANL) 3698558 MUS N m 785.836195 N576
  • Poppies and spice [music] : for tenor recorder and guitar / Nicholas Ng. Armidale, N.S.W. : Orpheus Music, 2002. Description: 1 score (7 p.) + 1 part (4 p.) ; ISMN: M720004914. OMP YCS 011

CD/DVD

  • Voices live [sound recording] : The Australian Voices sing all new Australian choral music live in concert. Palmwoods, Qld. : The Australian Voices, [2002?] Description: 1 sound disc (CD) (67 min.) [Track 4 The Honey-white black-stump Koori-kid]
  • Towards a glad tomorrow [sound recording] / Brendan Joyce. Description: 1 sound disc (CDR) : digital, stereo. ; 12 cm. Australian Music Centre. Library & Information Services (NAMC) Call No: CD 996
  • ModArt 03 : program 1 [sound recording] / The Song Company. Description: 1 sound disc (CDR) : digital, stereo. ; 12 cm. Australian Music Centre. Library & Information Services (NAMC) Call No: CD 1346 [Track 13 Some Yum Cha-Cha]
  • Zhuang Biao – mounting a hanging scroll [videorecording]/ Sun Yu, Conservator of Asian Art, Art Gallery of New South Wales; music by Nicholas Ng. Sydney: Art Gallery of New South Wales, c2003. Description: 1 videodisc (DVD) (103 mins.)
  • Eternity – Quantum Leap at the Playhouse [videorecording] / various choreographers and composers; a production of The Australian Choreographic Centre; artistic director, Ruth Osbourne; producer, Mark Gordon. Canberra: The Australian Choreographic Centre, c2004. Description: 1 videodisc (DVD) (100 mins.)
  • Reckless Valour – Quantum Leap at the Playhouse [videorecording] / various choreographers and composers; a production of The Australian Choreographic Centre; artistic director, Ruth Osbourne; producer, Mark Gordon. Canberra: The Australian Choreographic Centre, 2005. Description: 1 videodisc (DVD) (110 mins.)
  • Landscape – Quantum Leap at the Playhouse [videorecording] / various choreographers and composers; a production of The Australian Choreographic Centre; artistic director, Ruth Osbourne; producer, Mark Gordon. Canberra: The Australian Choreographic Centre, 2006. Description: 1 videodisc (DVD) (95 mins.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

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