Thomas Ang

Award: Postgraduate Award

Year: 2016

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: Piano

Location: Royal Academy of Music

Thomas was born and raised in Singapore and is now currently on his final year at the Royal Academy of Music under the tutelage of Diana Ketler, where he has won prizes for his performances of Beethoven, Frederick Delius, Arthur Bliss and the contemporary piano repertoire. He competed for the Academy at the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe intercollegiate competition of 2013, where he was the only undergraduate. He also performs as part of several contemporary-music ensembles, including playing John Cage at the Purcell Room in 2013 and two programmes of Boulez’s music at the 2015 Aldeburgh Music Festival.

He is well-known in Singapore for his thoughtful and searching recital programmes, having presented a string of critical successes, as well as being a quick and sensitive accompanist and collaborator. He has also performed in various venues in London, recently presenting a solo concert of English and Russian music at Steinway & Sons, as well as in other cities around the UK and in Taiwan and Australia. In his chamber groups he maintains a strong interest in unusual repertoire of the late Romantic, as well as mid-20th-century British music. In addition, he has earned recognition as a specialist in the music of Nikolai Kapustin, having played several local and world premieres of his works.

He has worked with conductors such as Susanna Mälkki, Clement Power, Sian Edwards and Jonathan Berman as well as composers Oliver Knussen, John Adams and Nikolai Kapustin in playing their music. He has also played in classes by Stephen Hough, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Imogen Cooper, Kathryn Stott and Yevgeny Sudbin among others.

In his spare time Thomas plays the violin, which he studies as a second instrument at the Academy with Diana Cummings, and writes poetry and piano transcriptions of songs and symphonies.