Charles Ng is regarded as a prominent classical saxophonist from Hong Kong. He is a member of the world-renowned saxophone quintet Five Sax – a professional Vienna based ensemble. He enjoys travelling, contributing new ideas to programmes and performing in different countries with the group. Besides Five Sax, he is also part of a duo with Soprano vocalist Suvi Väyrynen, as Duo Sung. Together as a duo, they have won the First Prize in the Fidelio Competition. Ng is a founding member of the Ever Present Orchestra, a unique ensemble dedicated to perform the music of Alvin Lucier. Working closely with Ng, Lucier has written a piece “flight Path” expressively for him.
As a soloist, Ng had worked with numerous orchestras such as the Krakov Academic Orchestra, Karlovy Varly Symphony Orchestra and the HKAPA Academy Orchestra, performing concertos by Debussy, Ibert, Tomasi and Glazunov. Various music festivals have invited him as a guest artist around Europe such as the Nordic Saxophone Festival, Rauma Festivo, Vienna International SaxFest and Zürich International Saxfest. In the past, he was invited to give recitals at the Escola de Música do Conservatório Nacional in Lisbon, Mahidol University and Xinghai Concert Hall in Guangzhou. His performance can be heard on the Stockhausen Press, “LINKER AUGENTANZ.”
As an experienced saxophone pedagogue, Charles Ng has taught numerous private students throughout his career. Ng serves as a part-time Faculty at the Educational University of Hong Kong, and has given masterclasses in New York Ithaca, West Virginia University College, Shanghai Conservatory of Music in China, Cap Ferrat music festival in France, JAV music festival in Poland as well as a regularly invited artist at the Shenzhen International Saxophone Camp. Ng is experienced in ensemble, chamber music coaching while he has worked with the MIT Saxophone Ensemble, Zürich Saxophone Collective and Hong Kong Saxophone Ensemble. He is also guest saxophonist at the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Hong Kong Sinfonietta and Hong Kong New Music Ensemble.
Dedicating himself to modern music, Ng has been working closely with composers and premiering new compositions. He believes music performance is not only an auditory experience - the visual aspect is also a substantial part of it. Charles Ng continuously explores the possibilities of extending the musical expressions through a theatrical approach, incorporating visual elements such as acting, staging and lighting. Charles Ng is a co-founder of EXORDIUM Collective, a Hong Kong based Art organisation with aims to bring artists from different disciplines together.
Charles Ng’s mentors include Lars Mlekuch (ürcher Hochschule der Künste, Musik und Kunst Privatuniversität der Stadt Wien), Jia-shou Tsai (Taipei National University of the Arts) and Michael Campbell (Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts).
Charles Ng is proud to be an artist and endorser of the D’Addario Woodwinds and Selmer Paris Saxophone.
Charles Ng debuts at PRISM Chamber Music Festival in 2019 with EXORDIUM Collective, performing works by Nathaniel Haering, Yu Kuwabara, Emily Koh, Angus Lee, Nemanja Radivojević and Elnaz Seyedi.