Therese Hoi Yan Ng 吳凱恩
An award-winning percussion and marimba performer, Therese has received 2nd Prize in the United States International Music Competition (Marimba open category, 2021), 1st Prize in the ENKOR International Music Competition (2018), 1st Prize in the Australia Marimba Competition (International open category, 2017), 2nd Prize in the Concerto Competition for Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (2016), and was a semi-finalist in Percussive Arts Society Italy Marimba Competition (2016). Other awards include 2nd Prize in VCASS Outstanding Soloist Competition (2012), 1st Prize in Australian Optimum Percussion Senior-high Marimba Competition (2012), a semi-finalist in The Talent Competition for 3MBS with an honourable mention (2021, 2014), 3rd Prize in the Australian Marimba Competition (2014 and 2015); and semi-finalist in Melbourne Youth Orchestra Virtuosity Concerto Competition with an honourable mention (2015).
Therese is active in bringing her music to an international audience and promote the culture of percussion. Her recent solo highlights include her sold-out solo recital concert Take Me Home in Hong Kong, marimba and piano duo concert "Passion" in Melbourne, solo and duo performances at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) in the United States, solo recital performance at Inc. Percussion days in Japan, Australian marimba solo and duo recitals Song and Dance (Melbourne, 2018), Marimbadreams (Perth, 2017), Marimba and Strings Concert (Melbourne, 2016) and her solo and duo debut performances at PAS Hong Kong Days of Percussion in 2017.
Other international appearances include performing for the Virtual Music Concert hosted by The Percussion Store Malaysia (2020), giving performance and masterclass at the Festival de Percussion UIS Columbia (2020), giving a masterclass at Wu-Ling Senior High School, Taiwan (2019). Interviews about Therese's musical journey can be found at the [Under]Graduate podcast (Boston), Asia Pacific Percussion Society's blog and 3MBS radio program "The Talent" (Melbourne).
Therese enjoys the process of bringing new music to life. She has premiered and contributed to countless new percussion works by composers around the world, including works by Stephen Myers (Doodle, 2021), Darrin Archer (Reflections on Zen Meditation, 2019), Steve Falk (A Long Way Home, 2018 and Errol Street, 2017), Wayne Kington (Mysterious Tide with string quartet, 2017) and Jonathan Mill (Ethereal Eye, 2016). Apart from performing, Therese has arranged a massive amount of marimba music and posted music videos regularly onto YouTube. Her arrangements are played by percussionists around the world. She released her first marimba album "A Little Bittersweet" in 2020, and is currently working towards releasing the next by 2022.
Therese holds a Master of Music (Performance Teaching) and a Bachelor of Music (1st Class Honours) from the University of Melbourne. During her studies, she was awarded the Ronald William Caporn Prizes, the Grace Durling Encouragement Award, the Ivy May Pendelbury Scholarships, the Barbara Bishop Hewitt Scholarship and the AEH Nickson Travelling Scholarship. Therese has studied with Steve Falk (2012-2019), Peter Neville (2013-2016), Dr Lung Heung-Wing (2008-2010), Kuniko Kato (2016, 2018) and Keiko Abe (2019). Therese is currently completing a Master of Teaching (Secondary) at the Australian Catholic University as she continues to share her love for music as a passionate educator to students across Melbourne. She is part of the new percussion quartet Re_semble founded by veteran American percussionist JB Smith.
View Therese's resume here.