Toronto-born independent artist, producer and multi-instrumentalist, SENAIDA strives to bridge the gap between music and technology. She released her debut EP, First Love in July 2020, which sparked her journey as a songwriter and producer. Driven by her love for experimentation, she combines the jazzy melodies of Norah Jones with the electro-pop production of Lauv and Halsey. SENAIDA is currently working on her sophomore EP, last night was the last night of my past life, which will be released in August 2021.
Classically-trained in piano, she has performed at the prestigious Carnegie Hall in New York City as well as Roy Thomson Hall, Ottawa Bluesfest, Toronto Centre for the Performing Arts, Nathan Phillips Square, the Burdock, nookFest and was one of the fifteen finalists for Markham Star Search. She is a two-time national finalist of the Canadian Music Competition and has received 2nd place at the International Elite Music Competition. She was a finalist in She’s The One Canada in 2020. In 2019, after realizing that there aren’t enough performance opportunities for young musicians, she founded the Youth Showcase Concert Series in Downtown Markham, an annual summer music festival that promotes local artists and bands under the age of 25.
During her high school years, Senaida attended Havergal College in Toronto, Canada where she received the Ancerl Prize for Leadership in Music and was the co-head of the senior choir. She also studied classical piano at the Royal Conservatory’s prestigious Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy for Young Artists and jazz piano at Humber College Community Music School. She has studied with numerous teachers including Joe Johnson, Michael Berkovsky, Li Wang, Brian Rudolf, Lorne Lofsky and Spiro Kizas. She has participated in local competitions and music festivals, where she earned numerous first and second prizes. In 2018, she received her ARCT Performance Certificate from the Royal Conservatory of Music. She was principal pianist for the Toronto Youth Wind Orchestra from 2018-2020.
She is currently studying at New York University’s Clive Davis Institute for Recorded Music at the Tisch School for the Arts, where she is a recipient of the Tisch Scholarship. She is also a 2020 Horatio Alger Canadian Scholar, Toronto Hakka Conference 2020 Luo Shui Hap Scholar, recipient of the Jean Lumb Foundation Chung-Kotcheff Arts Award, NSHSS Performing Arts: Music Scholarship, and Notes for the Future Scholarship.
Outside of her creative work, Senaida is a strong advocate for mental health awareness, gender equality and representation in the music industry. She is the founder and president of the NYU Gender Equality in Music Club (GEM), and the co-host of "Classy & Sassy" on WNYU 89.1 FM. She has also appeared on Salt+Light TV as a guest performer and actress. She is currently working on MiSynth, a synoptic music software plugin that will revolutionize the way musicians approach sound design and music production.
In addition to making music, she loves playing chess, travelling and making YouTube videos about her college experience. Her channel currently has over 350,000 views. She also has a music review blog, Tea n’ Tunes, where she writes music and bubble tea reviews.
Awards & Recognitions:
Whale Song (Written and produced by Senaida Ng) - Honourable Mention of the Bow Seat Ocean Awarness Art Contest 2020
Another Girl (Written and produced by Senaida Ng) - Finalist of the Hit Like A Girl Beatmaking Competition (>18) 2020
Moonlight (Written and produced by Senaida Ng) - People's Choice Award of the Roy Thomson Hall & Massey Hall Youth Composition Competition 2020
Dream (Written and produced by Senaida Ng) - Finalist of the WE REPRESENT 2019 Creative Competition
Honest (Written and produced by Senaida Ng) - Winner of the Markham Teen Arts Council 48 to Create Contest 2019
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