Esplanade Presents


Spotlight on Women Composers

Frances Lee, featuring Benedict Ng (Singapore)

28 Feb 2023, Tue, 6.45pm & 7.45pm


(Intermission: None)

Esplanade Concourse

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Women composers have often been overlooked in the history of Western classical music. Pianist Frances Lee and violist Benedict Ng celebrate the remarkable women who overcame odds to contribute their voices to the Western classical music scene, presenting snapshots of each century, from the 17th century to the present. This performance will include works by Isabella Leonarda, Anna Bon, Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel, Rebecca Clarke, and Joan Tower.


Mask-wearing is optional. However, audiences are encouraged to continue to exercise responsibility and caution, such as wearing masks when in crowded places. No tickets will be issued. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Language: English
Things to Note:
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Artist Information

Frances Lee


Born in Singapore, pianist Frances Lee has performed internationally as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral keyboardist. She made her concerto debut with the Bard College Conservatory Orchestra under the direction of Leon Botstein, and has collaborated with artists such as violinist Cho-Liang Lin and pianist Brian Connelly. She was a guest artist multiple times on the Context concert series in Houston, including a performance that was later broadcasted on Houston Public Media. In addition to giving Texas premieres of multiple contemporary works, Lee has performed with multiple professional ensembles, such as the Da Camera Young Artists, Hoppa Project, the Houston Chamber Choir, the string ensemble Kinetic, the new music ensemble Loop38, and the Victoria Symphony (Texas, USA). Her wide-ranging interests as a performer include premiering contemporary works, performing on historical instruments, and presenting outreach projects, and she is keen to explore all aspects of music and its relation to other fields. Lee holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance from The Shepherd School of Music, Rice University, in Texas, and studied with Melvin Chen, Brian Connelly, and Peter Serkin. Lee is also a committed teacher for students of all ages, and is currently on faculty at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, National University of Singapore.

Benedict Ng

Benedict Ng is a violist and music educator from Singapore who believes that music has a powerful and uplifting impact on the community. He read music in King’s College London, graduating with First Class Honours, before completing his master’s in viola performance at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.


Keen on collaboration, he freelances with the Metropolitan Festival Orchestra and has performed with the Orchestra of the Music Makers, the Hornton Chamber orchestra and L’arietta Productions. He has also been selected to partake in side-by-side projects with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, and the Hebrides Ensemble. Ng is also currently a faculty member at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music.

Date & Time

28 Feb 2023, Tue


Esplanade Concourse


Esplanade Concourse

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