Sarah Wong, Harp
Sarah started her musical journey as a pianist at a young age, and then a harpist during her teenage years. Her passion for music and harp playing eventually led her in pursuing music full time at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA). She graduated with a Diploma in Music with Distinction from NAFA, and at the same time attained the Best Graduate Award. During her studies at NAFA, she was privileged to have been under the tutelage of the harpists of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra – Gulnara Mashurova and Huang Yu-Hsin. Sarah now holds a Bachelor of Music with Honours from NAFA, in collaboration with the Royal College of Music (London).
As an active orchestral musician, she has performed in various ensembles such as The Philharmonic Orchestra, re:Sound Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Music Makers, the Singapore National Youth Orchestra, NAFA Orchestra, Ding Yi Music Company, as well as the Orchestra Collective. In 2012, she was a finalist of the NAFA-Music Essentials Concerto Competition, where she performed Mozart’s Flute and Harp Concerto.
As a harpist of the Singapore National Youth Orchestra (SNYO) in 2014, she received a full sponsorship to attend and participate in the LANXESS SNYO Classic, Cultural Exchange Programme at Berlin, where she had the privilege to study with Marie-Pierre Langlamet, Principal Harpist of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. In the same year, she also received a scholarship to participate in the Young Artist’s Harp Seminar in the United States, where she studied with Skaila Kanga, Susan Brady and Kimberly Rowe.
In 2015, she has been invited as a harp soloist to perform Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez with the AudioImage Wind Ensemble as well as Mozart’s Flute and Harp Concerto with acclaimed British flautist, William Bennett, and the NAFA Orchestra in 2016.
A versatile harpist, she has performed in numerous projects which involve the fusion of genres and varying art forms. Apart from performing a programme of French impressionist works for the Colours of Impressionism exhibition at the National Gallery in 2017, she has also recently collaborated with dancers from the Odyssey Dance Theatre for the company’s 20th Anniversary Gala event. And in 2016, she arranged and performed the theme song of the local variety show ‘Chef on Wheels’ for flute and harp, which was broadcasted on Mediacorp Channel 8. She also performed in the opening act of Mediacorp’s Star Awards 2016 live telecast.
An advocate of nurturing and inspiring the future generation of musicians, Sarah has organised performances for her students, such as the ‘Resonates With’ Series at the National Gallery Singapore, where she arranged and performed a set of harp ensemble music with her students. She has also conducted a harp composition workshop for local composers organised by ADDO Arts Company, during their ‘Have You Experienced?’ Composition Laboratory.