Past SVF Faculty
Ng Yu-Ying is the leader and co-founder of the critically-acclaimed T’ang Quartet based in Singapore. Founded in 1992, the Quartet has been reputed to present ground-breaking and artistically-challenging repertoire, engaging audiences through finely crafted musical expression and innovative programmes. The Quartet has been in residence at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, National University of Singapore, and has been involved in developing chamber music studies at the Conservatory since its inception.
Born in Singapore, Ng Yu-Ying demonstrated talent in violin performance from a young age and subsequently pursued professional music studies in the United Kingdom with Clarence Myerscough and Erich Greenberg at the Royal Academy of Music where he also took lessons with internationally-renowned violinist, Anne-Sophie Mutter. While at the Academy, Yu-Ying received several awards for his performance, including the Alex Templeton Prize, Roth Prize and the Dominion Fellowship.
After graduating from the Academy’s undergraduate programme with First-Class Honours, Yu-Ying joined the Singapore Symphony Orchestra as an orchestral violinist. Throughout his tenure with the orchestra, Yu-Ying was frequently featured as soloist. He also collaborated with violist, Jiri Heger, and brought performances to the Czech Republic, including appearances in live-televised programmes.
In 1992, Yu-Ying co-founded the T’ang Quartet which immediately debuted to critical acclaim with their unique approach to presenting chamber music to diverse audience. In 1997, the quartet was awarded a fellowship to train and perform in the USA with celebrated artists Martha and Paul Katz of the Cleveland Quartet, Norman Fischer, Kenneth Goldsmith and Sergiu Luca at the Shepherd School of Music in Rice University. For the next 20 years, the Quartet would go on to break boundaries in performance, give concerts at major festivals across the UK, USA, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, China and Southeast Asia, as well as train a generation of chamber musicians in Singapore.
In addition to a busy high-profile performance schedule with the Quartet, Yu-Ying is constantly in high demand as a violin teacher and also works intensively with his own violin studio at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music where he is an artist faculty. He is frequently invited as jury for festivals and competitions and also presents masterclasses throughout the year with recent appearances at the Raffles International Music Festival and the Singapore International Violin Festival in 2016.