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Chin To Kelvin Ng 吳展滔

Double bass 低音大提琴




Praised for his artistic and lyrical musicianship, Kelvin was the First Prize winner of the Eastman School Double Bass Competition 2016, and was previously awarded Second Prize at the First Maggini Zhongshan International Bass Competition 2018. His international solo competition debut began at the age of 12, where he was awarded Second Prize in the Association des Bassistes et Contrebassistes de France 2008.


Mr. Ng frequently served as principal bass of the Yale Philharmonia and Eastman Philharmonia, performed as guest principal with the Xiamen Philharmonic Orchestra and regional orchestras in New York state and New Haven. He has performed with the musicians from Berlin, Vienna Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, and Metropolitan Opera, among others. Notable artists that Kelvin has collaborated with included Itzhak Perlman, Lang Lang, Yuja Wang, Noah Bendix-Balgley, among others. He has worked with world famous conductors such as Valery Gergiev, Peter Oundjian, Marin Alsop, Christoph Eschenbach, Jun Märkl, Nicholas Mcgegan, Hugh Wolff.


Chin To has been selected to represent Hong Kong in festivals and concerts at multiple international platforms, performing at the legendary Musikverein in Vienna, Suntory Hall in Tokyo and participated in festivals such as Sarasota Music Festival, RoundTop Festival Institute and multiple times at Pacific Music Festival.


An advocate for community outreach, Kelvin extended his stage and collaborated with retirement community, education organization to share his music experiences with audiences from different backgrounds through the program “Music for All”. He appeared on major HK media included RTHK, and previously on radio WXXI Backstage Pass Classical 91.5 in Rochester, New York.


Born and raised in Hong Kong, Kelvin began studying the double bass at age six. His major teachers included Prof. James VanDemark and Prof. Donald Palma from the United States. He earned the bachelor degree in performance and performer’s certificate at the Eastman School of Music. He pursued the master degree in performance at Yale School of Music with George Wellington Miles Fellowship, and full scholarship from Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance Fund. 


Besides from performing and teaching, Kelvin likes food hunting, playing card games with friends. He plays on a modern Italian bass made in 1933, by Angelo Radrizzani.

Portrait by Stephen Jones 
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