RSNO welcome new Principal Cello Pei-Jee Ng Posted Tue 6 December 2022
The Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) is delighted to welcome new Principal Cello Pei-Jee Ng. Ng joins the RSNO from the London Philharmonic Orchestra where he has been Co-Principal Cello since 2015.
Ng was appointed following a rigorous audition and trial process during which he performed with the RSNO at concerts including Mahler’s Third Symphony at the 2022 Edinburgh International Festival with Music Director Thomas Søndergård, and the RSNO’s recent Chamber Series concert with RSNO Principals and pianist Susan Tomes.
Originally from Australia, Ng moved to the UK to study at the Royal Northern College of Music and later at the Royal Academy of Music, receiving the prestigious Queen’s Commendation for Excellence. He was later awarded the Symphony Australia Young Performer of the Year prize and won the 2008 Young Concert Artists Trust auditions.
Ng has performed across the world as soloist, chamber musician and with leading orchestras including the six major Australian symphony orchestras, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Philharmonia Orchestra and Oulu Symphony.
Pei-Jee Ng said: “The wonderful RSNO are a force of nature in concert. The musicians have this incredible magnetism and rapport when performing together. It is a thrill and an honour to be joining them next year as their Principal Cello.”
Ng will join the RSNO as a permanent member from June 2023, but Season audiences in Scotland will get to see him perform with the Orchestra in February and March next year.
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Australian cellist Pei-Jee Ng began cello studies with Barbara Yelland and Janis Laurs in Adelaide before moving to the UK to study extensively with Hannah Roberts and Ralph Kirshbaum in Manchester. He completed his studies at the Royal Academy of Music with Jo Cole, Colin Carr and Sung-Won Yang, and received the prestigious Queen’s Commendation for Excellence. He was the 2001 Symphony Australia Young Performer of the Year and won the 2008 Young Concert Artists Trust auditions in London.
In addition to the major Australian symphony orchestras, he has performed as soloist with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, National Taiwan Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Malaysian Philharmonic, Singapore Symphony, Oulu Symphony and Estonian National Symphony, and made his debut with the Philharmonia Orchestra at the 2011 Chichester Festivities, performing the Elgar Concerto.
As a soloist and recitalist he has performed in venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Centre, Konzerthaus Berlin, Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room and Sydney Opera House and appeared in festivals including the Winchfield, Newbury Spring, Corsham and Gower Festivals in the UK, the Sounding Jerusalem, Adelaide International Cello Festival, Steierisches Kammermusikfestival and Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.
A committed chamber musician, Pei-Jee is cellist of the Fournier Trio, winners of the 2013 Parkhouse Award and 2nd Prize and Audience Prize at the 2011 Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition. His collaboration with pianist Chiao-Ying Chang won them the Libero Lana Prize at the 2011 Trieste International Chamber Music Competition.