Dr. Nicholas Ng is a composer, performer and erhu instructor. An Australian National University PhD graduate and researcher of Chinese music, he plays traditional Chinese instruments – erhu, zhonghu and pipa (with occasional vocals) in traditional and non-traditional ways.
His music is heard locally and internationally from concert halls and radio (ABC) to dance productions and art/museum installations. He has performed at venues such as Merkin Concert Hall (New York City) and ‘The Studio’, Sydney Opera House, has been commissioned by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and other ensembles and has curated various festivals, including the Encounters Festival. He also curated ‘Music in the Gardens’ – a Brisbane City Council initiative to bring healing through music to communities devastated by the 2011 Brisbane flood.
He was a Research Fellow at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music from 2010-2013.
Dedicated to the healing aspects of music, he has collaborated with various artists of that genre including Samjjana, David Jones and Carmen Warrington, Kim Cunio and Heather Lee, Terry Oldfield and Soraya, Tenzin Choegyal and Thinley Tsering (Tibetan Healing Australia).
Here is a song of Nicholas playing the erhu, to offer you just a little tip of the iceberg … If you have the opportunity to close your eyes and listen for a few minutes (headphones or high-quality speakers essential), you might be surprised at how much it contributes to your day!