Music at Ten: Siang Ching Ngu, piano; Osborn Fong, 'cello

Event date: 
Saturday, 1st June, 2019 - 10:00 am
Bundanoon Soldiers' Memorial Hall
Entrance $10. Children under 18 free.


Schumann: Fantasy pieces, Martinu ‘cello Sonata No 3 plus short pieces.


Osborn Fong and Siang Ching Ngu have performed as a duo for over ten years. The two met in Perth and both undertook their Bachelor of Music at the University of Western Australia (UWA), where Osborn studied cello with Suzanne Wijsman, and Siang Ching studied piano with Graeme Gilling. Siang Ching also later undertook private study with the late Pauline Belviso.


In Perth, Osborn was a UWA Wesley Scholarship recipient and principal cellist of both the UWA Symphony Orchestra and the West Australia Charity Orchestra (WACO). He taught cello and directed string ensembles in schools, which received awards of excellence at performing festivals over consecutive years.


The duo suspended performing together when Siang Ching received a personal invitation from distinguished pianist, Lambert Orkis, to study with him in a Masters of Music program, focusing on collaborative piano/chamber music, at Temple University (TU) in Philadelphia. While in the U.S., she performed regularly in chamber music recitals and was a member of the New Music Ensemble directed by Jan Krzywicki, premiering and performing many new works. Her involvement with new music led her to work with respected American composer Maurice Wright, who in 2015 invited her to perform his work for piano, electroacoustic sound and projected video at the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival and later to premiere and record his other compositions.


While Siang Ching was in Philadelphia, Osborn moved to Sydney to pursue a Masters degree specialising in Audio and Acoustics at the University of Sydney. In addition to his current musical pursuits with Siang Ching, Osborn works as an acoustic consultant in Sydney and has provided advice to a number of performance venues including the Wollongong Town Hall.


Since returning to Australia, Siang Ching has continued to perform recitals with musicians across the country. A recent project is her involvement in performing and recording Gallipoli, Op.41, a six movement suite with narration for clarinet, violin, cello and piano, by Australian composer Victor Morrison.