Kah-Ming Ng (拿督 吳加明 博士)
Born in Malaysia of Cantonese-Hakka descent, Kah-Ming Ng studied at Monash University, Melbourne (where he obtained a B.E. in civil engineering), the Frankfurt State Academy of Music (as a DAAD scholar), the London Guildhall School of Music & Drama (on a Foreign & Commonwealth Office scholarship), and St Anne’s College, Oxford University (as a British Council Chevening research scholar), from which he gained his performance M.Phil. degree. He was awarded a D.Phil. by Keble College, Oxford University, for his doctoral research into figured bass accompaniment in its social and artistic context. His harpsichord teachers included Elizabeth Anderson (Melbourne), Harald Hoeren (Cologne), Michael Behringer (Freiburg) and Christopher Kite (London). He is a winner of the Guildhall School’s Early Music Competition and a Fellow (in Harpsichord) of the Trinity College of Music London. He has accompanied the recitals and concerts of pioneering artists of the historically-informed movement, including Emma Kirkby, James Bowman, Catherine Bott, John Holloway, and Simon Standage. Kah-Ming has contributed reviews and articles to leading specialist music journals; he wrote the entries on English and French baroque ornamentation in the revised New Grove Dictionary of Music & Musicians. In between his performing and directing, he squeezes in some adjudicating (of competitions and examinations) and lecturing, including a short spell as Course Co-ordinator & Lecturer in Early Music Studies at the Faculty of Music, Oxford University. As the director of the award-winning Charivari Agreable and its work with over sixty choirs in the UK, Kah-Ming was invited in 2008 to address the annual convention of the Association of British Choral Directors, his co-presenters being some of the biggest names in the choral scene, such as Sir David Wilcocks, John Rutter, Bob Chilcott, Nicholas Cleobury, Andrew Parrott, and Eric Whitacre.
'an outstanding strategist on the harpsichord and the organ, and a sagacious continuo player'—Goldberg
'undoubted technical virtuosity and intellectual grasp'—Early Music News
'[he] did a great deal to put the audience at ease without being patronizing throughout the evening; he introduced each piece with short comments on 'what to listen for' along with background information on the composition. I left feeling a great deal more optimistic about audience-performer relations'—Woburn Music, http://www.woburnmusic.com
'Kah-Ming Ng is both a scholar and a high-quality performer'—Musicweb,http://www.musicweb.uk.net/classrev/2006/Sept06/Telemann_Godfather_SIGCD086.htm
'A candlelit harpsichord recital by Kah-Ming Ng of predominantly French Baroque music is interspersed by colourful stories told by the musician about the lives of the composers featured. The ease and humour with which the musician himself speaks to the audience draws the listener towards many rich memorable insights. The programme shows the versatility of both the instrument itself and of Ng who plays the harpsichord with both scientific precision and intense humanity. The virtuosity of Ng turns each single note into a spine tingling experience. The optimal sound of a harpsichord is heard 15 paces away but tonight Ng fills the entire space with the energy of a single sound and holds it there.'
For a full-page feature in the Financial Times:
BBC Radio 3 live solo appearance performing Rameau on the harpsichord + interview
Radio 3 "In Tune" 4:30pm Thursday 8 November 2012
Inaugurating a symposium at Oxford University: