Jarita Ng

Viola

Jarita Ng joined the Houston Symphony in September 2015. Prior to becoming a part of the symphony, she performed with Verbier Festival Orchestras in Switzerland, Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival Orchestra in Germany, Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, New York String Orchestra, and Hong Kong Sinfonietta. She has played under such conductors as Christoph Eschenbach, Valery Gergiev, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Charles Dutoit, Zubin Mehta, Manfred Honeck, Semyon Bychkov, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Gianandrea Noseda, among others.

As a multifaceted musician, Ng found her love for contemporary music during her undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan, after having worked with Roger Reynolds at ONCE. MORE. Festival in 2009. Since then she has collaborated with composers including John Adams, Paul Schoenfield, and Bernard Rands. Her enthusiasm in new music has led her to commission, perform, and record solo or chamber pieces by student composers. In 2014, she was invited to present the American Viola Society (AVS) Gardner Competition winning piece Exit, Pursued by a Bear by Matthew Browne at the 2014 AVS Congress in Los Angeles.

Ng graduated from Rice University in May 2015 with a master’s degree studying with James Dunham. She was recognized and given scholarship for Best Achievement in Music. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Performance, studying with Yizhak Schotten, and a Bachelor of Science in Biology (with distinction) from the University of Michigan. Upon graduation, she was given the Albert Stanley Medal, the highest honor awarded by the School of Music, Theatre & Dance to the most outstanding graduating senior.

When Ng is not playing music, she is probably traveling, reading, learning her fourth language (German), working out at the gym, or discovering more hobbies.

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