SINGAPORE – Ng Tian Hui, the first Singaporean music director of the Boston New England Philharmonic orchestra, wants to promote diversity in upcoming concerts.
The orchestra announced its nomination for its upcoming 46th season in a July 25 press release.
Ng, 42, says of his appointment: “Orchestras have a unique opportunity to provide space for reflection and introspection through the richness of musical invention.
“I imagine ways in which our concerts offer a diversity of perspectives and how we can invite new audiences who may not have seen themselves represented in our musical creation.”
Ng, who lives in Massachusetts, studied composition and conducting at the University of Birmingham. He has conducted orchestras around the world, including the Dartington Festival Orchestra in Britain and the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra in the United States.
As Music Director, one of his main areas of interest will be programming. He is working with a panel of orchestra advisors to determine the final details for the new season.
He aspires to rekindle the community bond between musicians and audiences through music, following the “social isolation and community fragmentation” caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The New England Philharmonic is a volunteer orchestra committed to fostering “the composition and appreciation of contemporary classical music by performing recent commissions and works alongside mainstream repertoire,” according to its press release.
When the orchestra searched for a new musical director, Ng applied with encouragement from composers and performers he had worked with in the past, who cited the high standard of the entire orchestra and its emphasis on today’s music.
Following his application, he was one of four finalists hired to conduct a concert with the orchestra in May this year. He will be the fifth musical director to lead the orchestra, founded in 1976.
He says, “The city of Boston is rich in orchestral music. There are over 30 orchestras here and it reflects people’s love for this music.
“I’m thrilled that this represents an opportunity to participate in the larger conversation about the future of orchestral music and the opportunity to bring to fruition the many ideas I have.”