Dr. Nicholas Ong is the first Malaysian to receive a Doctorate in Piano Performance from the prestigious Juilliard School in New York. He is the recipient of many international prizes, including first prize at the Yvonne Lefébure International Piano Competition in France. The New York Times praised him for his “firm rubber-ball touch and bounce” and Le Figaro for his “astonishing virtuosity.” He has performed concerts in major halls across the United States, Europe and Asia. A fervent believer in contemporary music, Dr. Ong has performed with Ensemble 2e2m in France, New Juilliard Ensemble, Mimesis Ensemble, and was involved in the Soundbridge Contemporary Music Festival in Kuala Lumpur, Third Practice Electroacoustic Music Festival, collaborating and premiering works by upcoming composers. Dr. Ong is in demand for masterclasses and a frequent guest faculty at the Asia International Piano Academy Festival (AIPAF) in South Korea. Currently, he is a senior lecturer at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore and director of the KL Conservatory in Solaris Mont Kiara, Kuala Lumpur.