Born in Singapore, 1990, Shirley Tong started learning the flute and piccolo at age 13 through her secondary school band. After 6 years of self-learning the flute and piccolo, Shirley started her principal flute studies with a renown teacher in Singapore, Wang Tong, and got a merit for her ABRSM grade 8 on flute in 2010. She also holds an ABRSM grade 8 certificate on Piano and has been a member of the Singapore Wind Symphony since 2005.
Shirley then went to pursue her passion for music and flute playing at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama on the Bachelor of Music (Hons) course in 2010. During her 4 years in RWCMD, she had grown musically with a strong interest of orchestral music studying with great professors such as Jonathan Burgess (Principal flute of WNO), Nic Dowton and Sarah Newbold. Shirley has mostly worked on solo and chamber repertoire and also played in several major orchestral concerts. Her last orchestra concert was with the RWCMD Chamber Orchestra where she played Principal Flute in Beethoven Symphony No. 6 ‘Pastoral’. She was also the winner of the Ken SmithFlute Prize 2010, which was sponsored by Top Wind.
Graduated with a First class Honors,Shirley was accepted on a 1 year Master of Arts course at the highly prestigious Royal Academy of Music in London where she studied with infamous professors such as Samuel Coles (Principal Flute of Philharmonia Orchestra), Kate Hill and Patricia Morris (Piccolo). She also had guidance from Karen Jones, Gareth Davies and Katherine Bryan through orchestral flute classes. Shirley has also been actively involved with a few Open Academy projects that reach out to the public, collaborating with Music for Life and Wigmore hall.
Besides RAM’s termly orchestra projects,Shirley’s recent orchestra experience includes Aldwych Sinfonia, Rehearsal Orchestra and RWCMD symphony orchestra.
Over the 5 years studying in UK, Shirley have benefitted from Summer schools such as Oxford flute summer school 2012 and William Bennett international flute summer school 2013. She has also participated in masterclasses conducted by Emily Beynon, Ian Clarke, Adam walker and MichaelCox.
Upon Shirley's return to her home country, Singapore, she have competed in the recent 6th Annual Flute competition, which is organised by the Flute Studio and clench a 5th Prize in the competition.