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Dr Nicholas Ong received a Doctorate in Piano Performance at the Juilliard School in New York. Prior to that, he studied at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris under a French Government Scholarship, and obtained a Master of Music degree at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. He is the recipient of many international prizes, including First Prize at the Yvonne Lefébure International Piano Competition in France and finalist at the Clara Haskil International Piano Competition in Switzerland
He has performed in numerous concert halls across the United States, Europe, Asia - Alice Tully Hall, Miller Theatre in New York, Salle Gaveau, Salle Cortot in Paris, Seoul Arts Center, and in Festivals such as the Castleton Festival, Focus! Festival, Chopin Festival in Paris, Festival de l’Orangerie, Jeunes Pianistes Virtuoses in Lyon, “Piano en Saintonge” in Cognac, “Notes d’automne” in Reims, and the Villa Medicis Festival in Rome. He has performed as soloist with the NAFA Orchestra, The Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Penang Symphony Orchestra. As a versatile chamber musician, he has collaborated in chamber concerts with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra musicians, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts faculty chamber concerts, and concert tours with principals of major orchestras and young talented musicians.
Dr Nicholas Ong is a Senior Lecturer of Keyboard Studies and coordinator of Chamber Music at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) in Singapore. He is in demand for masterclasses and a frequent guest faculty at the Asia International Piano Academy Festival (AIPAF) in South Korea. He was a jury member at the 2008 and 2010 ASEAN International Chopin Piano Competition in Kuala Lumpur, the ASA-BIMA International Piano Competition 2012 in Bandung, Indonesia, the 2018 Singapore International Classical Piano Competition and the 2021 ICA Online International Piano Competition.