Dr Samuel Wong

Board Member/Creative Director/Pipa

Recipient of the Outstanding Young Persons of Singapore Award and the JCCI Singapore Foundation Culture Award.

Samuel obtained his PhD in Ethnomusicology from the University of Sheffield in 2009 and is the Artistic Director and Pipa player of The TENG Company.

Other achievements and leadership roles:

Author of the books “Impressions of a Pipa Player” (2003) and “QI: An Instrumental Guide to the Chinese Orchestra” (2005).
Recipient of the Outstanding Young Persons of Singapore Award 2009, the JCCI Singapore Foundation Culture Award 2009, the Henry Worthington Scholarship, the Singapore Institute of Management Teaching Excellence Award 2012 and the Ngee Ann Polytechnic 50th Anniversary Distinguished Alumni Award for Arts & Culture.
Member of the Music Education Programme Advisory Committee of SIM University
Head of Research at the Singapore Chinese Music Federation.
Mentor for the Artist Mentor Scheme (2013 & 2014), an initiative helmed by the Singapore Teachers’ Academy for the aRts (STAR) and supported by the National Arts Council.
Adjunct faculty at University at Buffalo-Singapore Institute of Management and LASALLE College of the Arts.
One of Southeast Asia’s best Pipa players

In his youth, Samuel was described by the Singapore Business Times as “one of the best Pipa players in Singapore” and was a two-time Pipa champion at Singapore’s National Chinese Music Competition (2000, 2002). He has performed in the capacity of soloist and chamber musician in Melbourne, Shanghai, Beijing, Bangkok, Copenhagen, London, Dublin, Mayo, Wales and Vientiane among other cities.

An advocate of contemporary work, he premiered the works of renowned local and international composers, as well as collaborated with several Singaporean arts groups and international artists. In December 2013, Samuel was officially invited by the Chulaborn Research Institute on a concert tour to China with Her Royal Highness Princess Chulabhorn Mahidol of Thailand.

In 2013, he set up The Pipa Quartet with three of his award-winning students and revolutionised the instrument, creating the world's first electo-acoustic pipa, which was also supported by the National Arts Council’s Creation Grant.