Samuel Wong is the co-founder and creative director of The TENG Company (TENG), a not-for-profit Major Grant Arts Company in Singapore. TENG is one of the largest traditional arts companies in Singapore. He spearheads the company's Performance, Academy and Research Divisions and re-invents the possibilities of Chinese music by fusing tradition, innovation and a unique Singaporean identity.
Wong obtained his PhD in Ethnomusicology from the University of Sheffield in 2009 where he was awarded dual scholarships from the Harry Worthington Foundation and the Hokkien Huay Kuan for his doctoral studies in music.
He is also author of the books Impressions of a Pipa Player (2003), QI: An Instrumental Guide to the Chinese Orchestra (2005) and co-author of The TENG Guide to the Chinese Orchestra (2019). His books are used as reference texts for the 'O' and 'A' Level Music Examinations in Singapore.
Wong was awarded The Outstanding Young Persons of Singapore Award (2009), The Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry Singapore Foundation's Culture Award (2009) and Singapore Institute of Management's Teaching Excellence Award (2012) for his work in music and education.
In his youth, Wong was described by the Singapore Business Times as “one of the best Pipa players in Singapore” and was a two-time Pipa Champion at Singapore's National Chinese Music Competition (2000, 2002). He has performed internationally and was a featured soloist in Singapore's National Day Parade (2009), Youth Olympic Games (2010) and the Shanghai World Expo (2010).
Wongl is a Council Member of the Singapore Chinese Music Federation, an Artist Mentor with the National Arts Council and a Board Member with Along the Edge Ltd, an arts festival based in Hong Kong.