| Zee Yusri |
AROUND 100 attendees turned up for the Cello-Piano Evening by Miranda Harding and Ng Chong Lim organised by Brunei Music Society at Vanda Restaurant, Orchid Garden Hotel, Saturday night.
The duo performed six masterpieces – Schumann piece titled ‘Fantasy Pieces op 735’, Janacek piece titled ‘Pohadka (A Fairy Tale)’, and Moskowski piece titled ‘Guitar’ for the first half of the evening.
In the next they performed a Popper piece titled ‘Dance of the Elves’, Piazzolla piece titled ‘Le Grand Tango’, and Rachmaninov piece titled ‘Sonata’.
Ng Chong Lim, a pianist and a composer, is one of the most highly gifted artists from his native Malaysia. Very active as a performer, he has appeared both as a soloist and chamber musician in England, Austria, Germany, Spain, the Ukraine, Holland, USA, Japan, Cambodia, and Taiwan. He is regularly invited to give master classes at conservatoires throughout Southeast Asia, as well as act as a jury member at international piano competitions.
Miranda Soo Lan Harding, a cellist, has wide experience as a soloist and chamber musician and during her early years, she spent her time in Singapore and Australia. Miranda has performed extensively as a chamber musician and recitalist throughout Europe as well as in the USA, South America and Asia. She has also performed concertos with orchestras in Britain, Italy, Denmark and Romania.
Since 2001, she has performed regularly in a duo with pianist Ng Chong Lim, and between 2007 and 2013, Miranda was engaged as full-time cello soloist of the Storstroms Kammerensemble (Danish Chamber Players), one of the foremost chamber ensembles in Denmark. As a member of the ensemble she performed extensively at major venues and festivals in Denmark and on Danish radio, exploring a vast repertoire of chamber music in different constellations, ranging from more mainstream works to little-known gems, and made a number of CD recordings.