Tianhui Ng has emerged as one of the leading advocates for new music, with a rare understanding of the voice and Romantic expression. He has conducted more than 60 world premieres, including numerous operas and multimedia works. His unique gifts for communication and intercultural work have borne fruit in several unusual firsts, including the first operas in Yoruba and Chickasaw, alongside award-winning programming, drawing on his deep knowledge of canonic repertoire in dialogue with the issues of our time.
Since his appointment as Music Director of White Snake Projects in 2020, Tian has led the world premieres of Death By Life by Leila Adu Gilmore, Jacinthe Greywoode, David Sanford, Jonathan Bailey Holland, and Mary D. Watkins, A Survivor’s Odyssey by Mary Prescott, Elena Ruehr’s Cosmic Cowboy, and Jorge Sosa’s Alice in the Pandemic, identified by the Library of Congress as one of the most significant works of American art in the pandemic.
In 2022, Tian’s first album with the Lviv National Philharmonic of Ukraine on Nimbus Alliance has been lauded internationally as a major contribution to a previously unknown legacy of symphonic music in Ukraine and Russia. Hailed by the Boston Globe as “unforgettable,” Tian will celebrate his appointment as Music Director of the New England Philharmonic with his trademark programming in the 2022-2023 season. Tian’s debuts and new collaborations this season include appearances with the GBH Music in Boston, National Public Radio, New England Public Media, Borromeo Quartet, Pro Arte Musical, and the Springfield Symphony.
Tian has conducted orchestras around the world, including the Savaria Symphony Orchestra (Hungary), Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra (Czech Republic), Dartington Festival Orchestra (UK), Orchestra of the Royal Opera of Wallonie (Belgium), and the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra (USA). A versatile musician, he is equally at home in the realm of choral music and has conducted ensembles like the Stuttgart Chamber Choir (Germany), Carnegie Hall Festival Chorus (USA), Oregon Bach Festival Chorus (USA), Yale Schola Cantorum (USA), and the Young Person’s Chorus of New York (USA). Tian has collaborated with internationally renowned artists such as Dashon Burton, Tyler Duncan, Marcus Eiche, Jamie-Rose Guarrine, Ayano Kataoka, Ilya Polataev, Gary Steigerwalt, Astrid Schween, Sara Davis Buechner, Hanna Elisabeth Müller, Nicholas Phan, James Taylor, Gilles Vonsattel, and Soyoung Yoon.
Tian holds a B.M. in Music from the University of Birmingham, UK, with a focus on conducting and composition, and he earned an M.M. in Conducting from the Yale School of Music. His conducting teachers and mentors have included Helmuth Rilling, Masaaki Suzuki, Paolo Arrivabeni, John Carewe, Peter Eötvös, Kurt Masur, and Michel Tabachnik.
Tian is the Music Director of the Pioneer Valley Symphony, New England Philharmonic, the Victory Players, and White Snake Projects.
Stay in touch with Tian via Instagram @ngtianhui