Nina Sin-I WONG, Violin
In the 28 th Macao Young Musicians Competition held in 2010 Wong won first prize in Violin Solo –Advanced Level, String Concerto and Chamber Music for String and was also the winner of the Cultural Affairs Bureau Prize. Recently, she was invited to perform as a soloist at the “lourishing Art”concert with the Macao Orchestra receiving high acclaims.
In 2008, she was admitted to the Junior Music Programme in Strings at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA) on a scholarship from the Academy and Macau Foundation Scholarship, studying under Dr. Wong Ka. She was invited to join the HKAPA Junior String Orchestra. Later in 2012 she was admitted to the Advanced Diploma of Music at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA) and graduated in 2014 studying under Ivan Chan. Wong is currently studying the Bachelor’ Degree of Music.
Wong has attended various masters classes with Vengerov Maxim, Peter Serkin, Peter Otto, Amy Lee, Stephen Rose, Jay Liu, Thanos Adamopoulos, William Pu, Lynn Chang, Robert Davidovici, Xie Nan, Endillien Quartet, Miami String Quartet, and American String Quartet, etc. In 2015, she had a master class and performed the Mendelssohn Octet in E-flat Major Op. 20 with the Steven Tenenbom.
Wong was the concertmaster of the Asia Youth Orchestra (2013) with the full scholarship, Asia Tour with Steven Isserlis. She also participated in Kent Blossom Music Festival in 2014, performed and studied under faculties of the Cleveland Orchestra. And in 2015 she joined at the Meadowmount School of Music Summer Season with half scholarship studying under Sally Thomas and Ivan Zenaty. Wong was also the concertmaster of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA) Symphony Orchestra, and the Macau Youth Symphony Orchestra (MYSO). In 2012, Wong performed Butterfly’ Love by He Zhan Ho as a soloist in the Japan Tour with MYSO. She had also performed in Lisbon, Italy, Berlin, Prague, Shanghai, Beijing, Shenzhen and Hong Kong among other places.
Wong has abundant experiences with many different orchestras besides HKAPA Symphony Orchestra and MYSO, such as Hong Kong Philharmonic, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Hong Kong City Chamber Orchestra, Macau Orchestra, Bundesjugend Orchestra, Prazskakomornfilharmonie (PKF), and the Portuguese Symphony Orchestra, etc.
Born in Shanghai in China, Nina Wong began to study violin under Professor Tan Guozhang at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music at the age of eight. She has performed at the Shanghai Grand Theatre and Shanghai Concert Hall with the Orchestra of the Shanghai ‘ittle Red Star’Troupe. She has also participated many times in the Shanghai Arts Festival. At the age of 13, she received the certificate of the Grade 10 Examination of Social Arts from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and passed the Certification of Advanced Musicology of the Conservatory.
Virtus String Quartet
Nina Wong, violin
Vivian Shen, violin
Du Juan, viola
Lawrence Chen, cello
Virtus String Quartet was founded in 2016. The quartet features players from Mainland China, Taiwan, Macau, and Hong Kong, coming together to create a unique, unified sound – a reflection on the diversity of the Chinese People. In 2016, their unique background enabled them to perform for the TED x WanChai 2016 with the theme of “Crossroad”.
Virtus has worked with numerous prominent musicians, including Peter Serkin, Vladimir Mendelssohn, Ikeda Kikue, David Geber, Steven Tenenbom with the Bard Quartet, the Miami String Quartet, the Endellion String Quartet and also the Shanghai Quartet. Their public performances were well-received across the circuit, including Musica Del Cuore of Champion REIT, and also the collaboration with the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble and dancers in the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts’ Academy New Generation Artists Concert.