Danielle Ong

Danielle Ong is a graduate from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) / Royal College of Music (RCM) with a Bachelor of Music (NAFA) under the tutelage of Dr Leslie Wong Kah Ho.

As an active soloist and chamber musician, she has taken masterclasses from various artists such as saxophonists Chien-Kwan Lin, Mario Marzi, Jonathan Rautiola, Nele Tiebout, Chen Pin-Hua, Johnny Salinas, and from saxophone chamber groups such as the renowned h2 quartet. Her experience with performing in string orchestras extends to the Orchestra of Music Makers (OMM), The Philharmonic Orchestra (TPO) in Singapore under the baton of Seow Yibin and Maestro Lim Yau respectively. More notably, she has premiered the piece Ten On by the former Head of Composition at the Royal College of Music (RCM), William Mival, in celebration of the 10-year joint collaboration between NAFA and RCM.

She is a member and organiser of the Protégé Saxophone Ensemble – consisting of a range of saxophonists that aim to perform and educate other saxophonists in Singapore at a high level. Highlights include their concert and workshop ‘Sax 101’ in 2018 with the Asia premiere of Steven Bryant’s Redline for saxophone ensemble, and their annual ‘Protégé in Concert’ series in 2019, with the world-premiere of Singaporean composer Joan Tan’s Wildflower.

She is also a member of the New Meta Quartet and the NAFA Saxophone Quartet / Ensemble and has represented these groups locally and internationally. Her recent travels have taken her to the World Saxophone Congress XVIII 2018 in Zagreb, Croatia where she had the honour of representing the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts as a quartet and premiering Singaporean compositions by Dr Zechariah Goh, Dr Emily Koh, Jeremiah Li, Chung Ee Yong and Gu Wei. Under the New Meta Quartet, she has jointly organised and participated in a global saxophone consortium, commissioning a new piece by prolific local composer Dr Zechariah Goh in July 2022.

In recognition of her efforts, Danielle is a recipient of the Royal College of Music (RCM) Excellence Award, the San San Music Merit Award, overall winner for the Woodwind category for the NAFA Concerto Competition 2020, 2021 Sugree Charoensook International Music Competition (Senior Class: 2nd Prize) and the 2021 Medici International Music Competition (Master Category: Special Mention) to name a few.

Starting August 2022, Danielle will be pursuing a Masters in Music at the University of Northern Colorado as a Graduate Assistant / Graduate Teaching Assistant under the tutelage of Dr. Andrew Dahlke.