Cello & Vocal Instructor
Sophia Ng holds a Bachelor Degree in Classical Music from UCSI University, majoring in classical cello, and minoring in classical voice. Other qualifications include ABRSM Grade 8 Cello, ABRSM Grade 8 theory, Rockschool Grade 8 Pop Vocals, and Trinity Classical Voice Solo Certificate (Intermediate).
She has studied under renowned cello pedagogues, Lim Soon Huat, Dr. Chong Yew Yoong, Jonathan Oh, and has taken masterclasses with Dr. Leonid Shukaev, Gleb Stepanov, Florent Audibert and Valérie Aimard. On the other hand, She studied vocals with classical vocalists, soprano, Ng Ju Voon, and tenor, Tan Chee Shen.
Coming from her hometown, Penang, the Pearl of the Orient, Sophia discovered her passion for music from a tender age, taking music lessons at age of 4. She played the clarinet at age 9 in her elementary school band, and was appointed student conductor. At age 11, after watching a bonus feature video, “The Music in You” from “Barbie-Swan Lake”(an interview of 5 teenage musicians with a clip of the cellist playing Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake theme), she fell in love with the cello. She picked up the cello at age 13 and played in both her high school’s Chinese and Philharmonic Orchestra, also appointed as student conductor. Under the orchestra, she had the privilege of participating in various national and international competitions and concerts, including a joined concert in 2006 with the Hong Kong Juvenile and Youth Chinese Classical Orchestra (HKJYCCO) at Shatin Hall, Hong Kong, 21st Century International Arts Festival 2007 and 2009 held in GICC, Genting Highlands. Her orchestra emerged as overall grand champion and in the latter, she received the excellence award as student conductor. In 2010, the orchestra held a concert trip to Shang Hai, China for another joined concert with the local youth orchestra.
Since 2012, Sophia has based herself in Kuala Lumpur as an active teacher and performer, lead vocalist in her former band, Skazz, and current cellist of the Strings Attached Quartet. She has played with the MPYO, done studio recordings as a session musician, played for several local TV shows, and various concerts. In her free time, she enjoys reading, songwriting, making covers of her favourite songs, and watching classic movies, and animated musicals, with Disney being her all time favourite.
Many of MMW students admire Sophia, an elegant and sophisticated musician with the voice that can melt audience’s hearts.