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Shaun Ng
Bachelor of Music, Amsterdam Conservatorium
Bachelor of Music with Honours, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
Master of Arts, University of Western Australia
Doctor of Musical Arts, Sydney Conservatorium of Music

Profile:
Performer of the violin, viola, cello, viola da gamba, violone, lute and theorbo; accompanist, researcher and teacher.

Short Biography:
Shaun Ng is a teacher and performer of instruments of the violin, viola da gamba and lute families. He received his music training in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Australia, where he studied historical performance and musicology. He also participated in many notable seminars and conferences such as Oberlin Conservatory’s Baroque Performance Institute, the Tafelmusik Baroque Performance Institute and the Lute Society of America Seminar. As an active freelance performer, he has performed with many of Sydney’s early music ensembles. Forthcoming performances include concerts with the Sydney Consort, The Marais Project, Thoroughbass and Consort 8. In 2018, he joins 'Da Vinci's Apprentice', Musica Viva's new education programme bringing early music instruments to schools throughout Australia. In addition, he runs a busy private studio, and is a music tutor and ensemble director at Santa Sabina College.

Detailed Biography:
After gaining the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama's String Scholarship in 1999, Shaun moved to Europe to study the instrumental performance with many of the best practitioners of early music. He studied the violin with Margaret Faultless and Oliver Webber (RWCMD), and the viola da gamba with Richard Boothby, Lucy Robinson (RWCMD) and Mieneke van der Velden (Amsterdam Conservatorium). He also participated in the masterclasses of José Vázquez, Catharina Meints and, most recently, Paolo Pandolfo.

On his return to Australia, at the University of Western Australia, Shaun studied musicology with David Tunley and Suzanne Wijsman as well as orchestral conducting with Peter Moore. During this time, he also taught himself to play the theorbo and subsequently received lessons from Lucas Harris at the Baroque Performance Institute at the Oberlin Conservatory (2008, 2012, 2016) and the Tafelmusik Baroque Performance Institute at the University of Toronto (2012). He received further training in the lute and theorbo at the Lute Society of America's seminars at Case Western Reserve University and University of Victoria where he participated in the masterclasses of Nigel North, Robert Barto, Sylvain Bergeron and Elizabeth Kenny.

In 2010, Shaun won the Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) to pursue doctoral studies at the Conservatorium of Music at the University of Sydney and relocated to that city. Three years later, he graduated with a Doctor of Musical Arts, studying with Alan Maddox (musicology), Neal Peres Da Costa (historical performance), Daniel Yeadon (cello/viola da gamba) and Tommie Andersson (lute). 

As an active freelance performer in Australia, Shaun has performed and recorded with ensembles such as Ensemble Battistin, Ironwood, Bach Band at St James', Sydney Consort, Consort 8, The Marais Project, Thoroughbass, Perth Viol Consort, The Camerata of St John's, Opera Queensland, the Melbourne Bach Choir and The Sydney Conservatorium's Early Music Ensemble. He has presented his music research at conferences such as The Pan-Pacific Gamba Gathering (Hawaii, USA), Baroque Performance Institute (Oberlin, USA) and the Musicological Society of Australia. He has published his research in The Viola da Gamba Society Journal (United Kingdom).

In 2018, he joins 'Da Vinci's Apprentice', Musica Viva's new education programme bringing early music instruments to schools throughout Australia. In addition, he runs a busy private studio, and is a music tutor and ensemble director at Santa Sabina College. 

Shaun performs on the following instruments:
Violins:
Baroque violin, Benjamin Banks after Amati, Salisbury 1775
Modern violin, anonymous after Stradivari, late 19th century

Viola:
Modern viola, anonymous after Maggini

Violas da gamba:
7-string viola da gamba, Sergio Gistri after Nicolas Bertrand 1687, Colle di Val d'Elsa, Italy 2000

Plucked instruments:
14-course French theorbo, Jason Petty, Wellington, New Zealand, 2011
11-course lute, Jason Petty, Wellington, New Zealand, 2013
10-course lute, Wilma van Berkel, London, Canada, 2017