In Conversation with Grace Ng: Trombone Virtuoso

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Grace Ng, a 19-year-old trombonist from Philadelphia, PA, is rapidly gaining recognition in the classical music scene. I recently had the opportunity to speak with Grace about her musical journey, inspirations, and future goals.

Q: Grace, can you tell us about your musical background and how you started playing the trombone?

A: I’ve been passionate about music from a very young age. I initially started with piano lessons but switched to the trombone when I was around ten years old. The sound of the trombone and the challenge it presented really captivated me. Since then, I’ve been fortunate to study at some incredible institutions like Boyer College of Music, Aspen Music Festival School, and The Juilliard School Precollege.

Q: Who have been some of your most influential teachers?

A: I’ve had the privilege of studying under some truly amazing instructors, including Matthew Vaughn, Achilles Liarmakopoulos, Demian Austin, Weston Sprott, and Burt Mason. Each of them has contributed significantly to my development as a musician, teaching me different aspects of trombone performance and musicianship. I also strongly believe that listening to great musicians in other instruments such as strings or woodwinds has greatly affected me.

Q: You’ve received several scholarships and awards. How have these influenced your career?

A: The scholarships and awards, such as the AMFS Scholarship and the Mark Freeh Scholarship, have been incredibly encouraging. They have not only provided financial support but also validation and motivation to continue pursuing my passion. It’s an honor to be recognized by such esteemed bodies.

Q: Can you tell us about some of your favorite performances and collaborations?

A: Performing with Imperial Brass and organizations like Opera Italiano and The Juilliard Precollege Orchestra have been some of my most memorable experiences. Additionally, collaborating with contemporary composers to premiere new trombone works has been incredibly rewarding. These opportunities have allowed me to grow as a musician and advocate for new music.

Q: What do you enjoy doing outside of music?

A: Outside of music, I love cooking, reading, and spending time with my horse, Charlie. These activities help me relax and provide a good balance to my life.

Q: What are your future aspirations as a trombonist?

A: I hope to continue performing and collaborating with other musicians and composers. My goal is to contribute to the classical music world, not just through performances but also by advocating for new music and greater accessibility in the arts. I believe in the importance of equity and inclusion in classical music, and I want to be a part of that movement. Additionally, I want to inspire people with my voice and move them through music.

Grace Ng’s journey is just beginning, and her talent and vision ensure that she will continue to make a significant impact on the world of classical music. Her dedication to her craft and her advocacy for new music and accessibility in the arts make her a musician to watch.

Follow Grace’s journey on her YouTube, Instagram and website.