Toronto-born independent artist, producer and multi-instrumentalist, SENAIDA, strives to bridge the gap between music and technology. Driven by her love for experimentation, she combines the jazzy melodies of Norah Jones with the electro-pop production of Lauv and Halsey. She released her debut EP, First Love in July 2020 and is currently working on her second EP, last night was the last night of my past life.
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 with honours. 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.
SENAIDA has appeared on Salt+Light television as a host and guest artist and enjoys performing at many community events, receptions, and weddings. She 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 Womxn in Music club, and the co-host of "Classy & Sassy" on WNYU Radio.
In addition to making music, she loves playing chess and making YouTube videos about her college experience. Her channel currently has over 250,000 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
Another Girl (Written and produced by Senaida Ng) - Finalist of the Hit Like A Girl Beatmaking Competition (>18)
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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