Established in 2018, the Penang Philharmonic Winds was founded as a platform to enable more woodwinds and brass instruments players to perform.
Led by Resident Conductor, Ben Ng Choong Yen, PPW members come from various schools such as Heng Ee High School, Chung Hwa Confucian High School, and Dalat International School, sprinkled in with working professionals.
Not only well-versed in classical music, but PPW is also familiar with performing other music genres such as film scores and jazz.
will be appearing with Singapore’s Metropolitan Festival Orchestra. He has also conducted the Penang Philharmonic Orchestra has led several school bands to prize winning performances.
A Penangnite, Ng was a graduate of Jit Sin High School. In 2001, he studied at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music with Professor Zhao and also joined the Penang Symphony Orchestra under Dato Woon Win Kin. Ng won the 1st prize at the 2006 HSBC Chamber Music Competition (Open Category) in Kuala Lumpur as a woodwind quintet clarinetist. He also performed in the High Winds Ensemble as 1st clarinetist under Joost Flach, co-principal oboist of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra under the MPO ENCOUNTER series.
Ng also plays the double bass and holds an ATCL certificate in violin performance.
Now, he is the Resident Conductor of Penang Philharmonic Orchestra since year 2013.