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In his recent performance at the Alte Oper Frankfurt New Year’s concert with Scriabin’s Poème de l'extase on the program, Wilson Ng received a standing ovation and received critical acclaim by the Frankfurter Rundschau which headlined the concert as “The Pinpoint Ecstasy”. Wilson Ng is a prize winner at the 4th Paris Svetlanov International Conducting Competition 2018, the 8th Frankfurt Sir Georg Solti International Conductors' Competition 2017, and the Aspen Music Festival James Conlon Conductor Prize 2016.
Since 2019, Wilson Ng has been the Associate Conductor of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, with which he made his debut at the Seoul Arts Center Orchestra Festival 2019. He performed numerous outdoor concerts for audiences of more than 10,000, including the National Sports Festival 100 years Anniversary Celebration Concert and Riverside Concert. He also conducted the orchestra at the 1st of March National Memorial Concert in Sejong Center, Symphonic Concert Series around Seoul City and Music Story Concert series at Lotte Concert Hall. In 2020, he will conduct his first subscription concert, and will lead the orchestra once again at the Seoul Arts Center Orchestra Festival 2020.
In Hong Kong, Wilson Ng founded the Gustav Mahler Orchestra in 2014, with which he conducted over 30 performances in the 2018-2019 season. Under his artistic direction, the orchestra collaborated with Vadim Repin and Joshua Bell, released a live recording of Mahler’s Symphony No. 1, and appeared at the Hong Kong Arts Festival and the Busan Maru International Music Festival in Korea. For his contributions to the development of arts and culture, he received a Certificate of Commendation from the Hong Kong Secretary for Home Affairs in 2017 and a Young Artist Award from the Hong Kong Arts Development Council in 2018.
Apart from working extensively with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra and the Gustav Mahler Orchestra, 2019 brought Wilson Ng to conduct in Germany (Junge Deutsche Philharmonie and Magdeburg Philharmonie), Hong Kong (Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra), Russia (Rostov Symphony Orchestra), Brazil (Orquestra Sinfônica de Porto Alegre), United Kingdom (Philharmonia Orchestra, assisting and covering) and France (Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, assisting and covering).
Fond of contemporary music, Wilson Ng was invited to conduct the China National Symphony Orchestra for the opening performance of the Beijing Modern Music Festival 2019 in celebration of the 70th anniversary of the People's Republic of China, he was also invited by the Magdeburg Theatre for conducting two performances at the 2019 IMPULS - Festival für Neue Musik. He conducted concerts in Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Tianjin, Xiamen, Sichuan in celebration of China's 40th Anniversary of 'Reform and Opening Up' focusing on Chinese living composers. He also conducted several world premieres composed by Xiaogang Ye, President of the Chinese Musicians' Association.
Wilson Ng has already worked with many leading European orchestras, including the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Junge Deutsche Philharmonie. He served as assistant and cover conductor to Manfred Honeck, Jaap van Zweden, Osmo Vänskä, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Markus Stenz, Dima Slobodeneuk, Thomas Dausgaard, Andrey Boreyko, Thierry Fischer and John Nelson, with whom he worked on Warner recordings of Berlioz’s Requiem, Damnation de Faust and Les Troyens featuring mezzo soprano Joyce DiDonato and tenor Michael Spyres.
Born in Hong Kong in 1989, Wilson Ng started his first flute lessons when he was 11. He studied flute in Paris and Lausanne and performed as a guest solo flutist with the Lyon National Opera Ballet before specialising in conducting. Later on, he advanced his conducting skills at the Universität der Künste Berlin and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and was chosen as Conducting Fellow at the Pacific Music Festival and the Aspen Music Festival. He was also selected to join the masterclasses with Bernard Haitink, David Zinman, Roger Norrington.
Known for his energetic stage presence, Korean-American conductor David Yi continues to engage audiences with a genuine passion for music. David has worked with orchestras internationally in Europe, Asia and North America including Philharmonie Baden-Baden, Jenaer Philharmonie, Filharmonie Hradec Kralove and Filharmonie Teplice. Recently, he was selected as the new assistant conductor of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra.
David was one of the three conductors selected by Riccardo Muti to participate in the Italian Opera Academy in South Korea. He collaborated with the National Chorus of Korea and Gyeonggi Philharmonic Orchestra and successfully led the finale concert which presented Verdi’s La Traviata. He has actively participated in master classes led by Myung-whun Chung, Thierry Fischer, Markus Stenz and Shiyeon Sung. Recently, David served as assistant conductor to conductors such as Giancarlo Guerrero, Stephen Lord, David Robertson and Ignat Solzhenitsyn.
Born in New York City, David was strongly influenced by his musician parents and began studying piano at an early age. He decided to pursue conducting and moved to Germany where he studied orchestral conducting at die Hochschule für Musik-Franz Liszt-Weimar with Nicolas Pasquet. Upon returning to the United States, he continued his education at New England Conservatory and Yale University where he received tutelage from Hugh Wolff and Peter Oundjian respectively.