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2024/25 Concerto Competition

Sydney Concert Orchestra

Winners

Rena Tang

Cello

Sarah Bernard

Horn

Bianca Beng

Harp

Concert Dates

TBC

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Rena Tang

Rena Tang is a Sydney-based cellist, currently completing a Bachelor of Music Performance under Georg Pedersen at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. She has enjoyed many performance opportunities in various contexts. This year, she has been invited to perform as a soloist in the Sydney Women in Music Series, as well as collaborate with Goetz Richter and Jeannell Carrigan.

 

Rena has held principal positions with the Sydney Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra, Early Music Ensemble and is currently principle of Caesura Ensemble, an exciting new collective that brings bold classical works and premiers of emerging composers to the stage. She is also joining the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra for their 2024 programs.

 

An avid chamber musician, Rena is one of the founding members of the Cavolo Quartet who recently won the Sydney Conservatorium Henderson Travellers Scholarship. The Cavolo Quartet will be travelling to Finland in July 2024 to study under Johannes Miessl at the 54th Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival. Rena will also be tutored by Beata Antikainen and other cello professors from Sibelius Academy in Helsinki.  

 

Rena is incredibly grateful for the inspiration and education she has attained over the years, previously selected to participate in the Australian Chamber Orchestra Academy and Chamber Music Weekend, as well as various programs run by the Australian Youth Orchestra and Sydney Youth Orchestras. Rena has also participated in masterclasses with Timothy Nankervis, Elinor Frey, Axel von Huene and Matthew Barley.

 

Rena is a recipient of several University of Sydney Academic Merit Prizes and placed equal first-in-state for her HSC studies in Music 2 in 2021.

Bianca Beng

Bianca Beng is a Singapore based harpist deeply passionate about music and the arts. An avid performer, she has shared her music with a vast international audience, winning top prizes at competitions such as the Thailand International Youth Harp Competition, Asia Harp Chamber Competition and Enkor International Chamber Competition. During her studies at the Royal Academy of Music, she was awarded the Guy Magrath Harp Prize (2021) and a "Very High Commendation" in the Skaila Kanga Harp Prize (2020).

Bianca has also been invited to perform at an array of local and international events such as the World Harp Congress (Hong Kong), Académie musicale de Villecroze (France), Asia Harp Festival (Korea), World Harp Congress (Australia), International Harp Festival (Thailand), Young Artist Harp Seminar (USA), Harp of the Orient (Malaysia) and the Lee Kuan Yew World Cities Award Ceremony (Singapore).

In addition to solo playing, Bianca enjoys performing and collaborating with other musicians. She has premiered pieces by rising composers such as Pizzica by Louise Drewett, One Night of Passion by Mikolaj Majkusiak, and Two Souls into One by Robert Pete. She performs with West Wind Band Singapore and has collaborated with Vox Camerata, a local Professional Chorus. Bianca is also a founding member of Viva Rave, Singapore’s first professional harp ensemble aimed to promote harp ensembles and its' repertoire. Orchestras she has performed with include the various Royal Academy orchestras (including its Symphony Orchestra and Musical Theatre Orchestra), under renowned conductors such as Semyon Bychkov, Robert Trevino, Sir Mark Elder, and John Wilson.

Bianca graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in London with a Bachelor of Music (First Class Honours), studying with Catherine White, and was awarded the Dominions Fellowship Award for her outstanding results. Alongside her Bachelors, she also completed her Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music for Harp, teaching students of all age groups and backgrounds. She was involved in the Academy’s Open Academy Programme to explore different pedagogical approaches in the music education of children. Back in Singapore, Bianca was also active in the Rave Harps Silver Arts Project organised by the National Arts Council (NAC), an initiative that provides new opportunities for seniors to engage in the Arts. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Music Studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney, under Alice Giles.

Inspired over many years, Bianca is grateful to her teachers and to the Temasek Foundation and Sydney Conservatorium for their generous support through the David Marshall Scholarship for Young Artists and the Iremonger Marceau Family Scholarship. 

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