Terrence WONG Fei Yang (b. 1989, Singapore) graduated with a Master of Music in Composition in 2021 from the Royal College of Music (RCM) with the support of the Robert Anderson Award from the RCM as well as the National Arts Council Arts Scholarship (Postgraduate). Wong has studied composition with William Mival, Zechariah Goh Toh Chai and Kenneth Hesketh, as well as conducting with Lim Yau and Leonard Tan.
As a composer, Wong has been commissioned to compose music for notable Singaporean ensembles such as The Philharmonic Winds and the Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO). His compositions have been performed by international artists such as Joseph Alessi (Trombone) and Steven Mead (Euphonium), and in countries as far as Thailand, Hong Kong, South Korea, Lithuania and the United Kingdom. Most recently, Wong was commissioned to write the set pieces for the National Piano and Violin Competition 2023, a prestigious Singaporean biennial competition that sees hundreds of young musicians contend for the country’s highest accolade for classical Western piano and violin performance.
Wong is equally passionate about music education, nurturing a lifelong passion for music in the hearts of youths. From 2012 to 2019, he has worked together with Singaporean conductor and educator Adrian Chiang as his Assistant Band Instructor in schools nationwide, including Catholic High School, CHIJ Secondary (Toa Payoh) and Eunoia Junior College. Wong continues to enjoy a strong collaborative relationship with Chiang as a composer and arranger, with the most notable project resulting in 14 new pieces for wind band created in the span of 4 months. Additionally, Wong has also been teaching composition and orchestration as a part-time lecturer at the School of Music, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts.
Aside from honing his artistic excellence through music composition, Wong has played a key role in artistic programming and production in various institutions. In his capacity as the Composer-in-Residence at the Singapore Wind Symphony from 2015 to 2017, Wong spearheaded the Young Composers Challenge and Co|Lab programmes, and was instrumental in the creation of many new wind band works by participants such as Elliot Teo, Darren Sng and Edmund Song, who have since become notable composers in their own right. More recently, his full-time employment at the SSO has seen him collaborating with professional musicians and arts practitioners to engage the wider public through meaningful programmes that cultivate interest in and appreciation towards Western Classical music.
All in all, Wong believes that his musical journey encompasses a lifelong and fulfilling process of research, appreciation, creative thinking and performance, and aims to express the intricacies of life, love, loss and death through his work.