Ngo returns with solo repertoire

Kevin Ngo, a former Campbell River student, returns to Campbell River to present a solo piano concert. 

Kevin Ngo performs at the Trinity Presbyterian Church on Feb. 5

Kevin Ngo, a former Campbell River student, returns to Campbell River to present a solo piano concert. 

Born in Calgary, Ngo began to play Suzuki piano at the age of three. His family moved to Campbell River and he attended Ecoles des deux mondes, Phoenix Middle School and CARIHI. Ngo sang in the school choir as well as Campbell River Children’s Choir and has participated in and won awards in Vancouver Island music festivals in Campbell River, Courtenay, Nanaimo and Victoria.

Ngo studied piano locally with the late Frances Keen, Kay Wilson and Cindy Taylor, theory with Sandy Havelaar as well as piano with Linda Stobbe in Victoria.  While in high school, Ngo also began teaching piano and playing for the Unitarian Church in Comox. Currently, Ngo is studying with teacher May-Ling Kwok in the Master of Music programme at University of Victoria. He won the Johann Strauss Foundation Scholarship for Advanced Study in Austria, the Madeline Till Scholarship and several Victoria Music Festival Awards. Ngo has also been a recipient of local music awards including the Dorothy Brealey and Virgina Grazcak scholarships.

Ngo has had a close association with Rotary beginning in grade 10 as a member of the CARIHI Interact club, a student chapter of Rotary. Ngo also performed at several Rotary functions  during his high school years. In addition, he received Rotary scholarships as well as the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International: Paul Harris Fellow Award in 2009 “for furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations among peoples of the world.”

This award was in recognition of his work through An Evening of Classical Music benefit concerts which Ngo annually organizes and performs with friends including violinist, Tyson Doknjas of Campbell River. The proceeds of five annual concerts have been donated to CR Friends of Music and Rotary Adventures in Music to help music students attend music camps and summer programmes.

The evening concert will feature an exciting programme including the music of Bach, Chopin, Beethoven Ginastera and Liszt. The concert will take place at Trinity Presbyterian Church, Saturday Feb. 5 at 7:30 p.m. Admission is by donation.