Dr Samuel Wong is the Co-Founder and Creative Director of The TENG Company. He spearheads the company’s Performance, Academy and Research Divisions.
Samuel obtained his PhD in Ethnomusicology from the University of Sheffield in 2009 where he was awarded dual scholarships from the Harry Worthington Foundation and the Hokkien Huay Kuan for his doctoral studies in music.
He is author of the books “Impressions of a Pipa Player” (2003), “QI: An Instrumental Guide to the Chinese Orchestra” (2005) and co-author of “The TENG Guide to the Chinese Orchestra” (2018). His books are used as reference texts for the ‘O’ and ‘A’ Level Music Examinations in Singapore.
Samuel was awarded The Outstanding Young Persons of Singapore Award (2009), The Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry Singapore Foundation’s Culture Award (2009) and Singapore Institute of Management’s Teaching Excellence Award (2012) for his work in Music and Education.
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 internationally and was a featured soloist in Singapore’s National Day Parade (2009), Youth Olympic Games (2010) and the Shanghai World Expo (2010).
Samuel is also concurrently Adjunct Faculty at University at Buffalo - Singapore Institute of Management (UB-SIM) and Dissertation Supervisor at LASALLE College of the Arts - two posts he has held for over 10 years. He also sits on various boards and advisory panels in the Arts, Music and Education.