viola / violin
Benjamin Wong graduated with honours from the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music of National University of Singapore where he studied under Associate Prof. Zhang Manchin, Principal Violist of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, after being awarded full scholarships. He also studied violin with Mr. Cheung Wai Lap, violinist from the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.
Benjamin has taken masterclasses with many international artists such as Paul Silverthorne, Yizhak Schotten, David Erlich. As a chamber musician, he was finalist in the Asia Pacific Chamber Music Competition and has participated in chamber music programmes and festivals in France, the Czech Republic, Hong Kong and Australia. An active orchestra player, he been performed under the baton of Eiji Oue, Philipe Herreweghe Mark Wigglesworth, Robert Spano, Tan Dun, and many other great conductors.
He was the Principle violist of the Hong Kong Baptist University Orchestra, Collegium Musicum Hong Kong, and Hong Kong Youth Strings. He was also Principle violist of the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory Orchestra, and was selected to be part of a collaboration concert with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra in 2012 and 2014. Benjamin is now performing with Metropolitan Festival Orchestra and Singapore Lyric Orchestra.
Besides classical music, Benjamin is experienced in other styles and genres. He recorded a pop song with Mag Lam and also performed with Jazz singer Laura Fygi. He also toured with the W!LD RICE theatre to perform the play " The Importance of Being Earnest" in Macau.
As an Music educator, Benjamin was appointed as a Leader-mentor for Singapore National Youth Orchestra in the Lanxess-SNYO Classic Concert in 2014. He had also conducted music activities with students in SOTA (The School of the Arts, Singapore). He is now teaching at Coronation Music School and Anglo-Chinese School (International).