Renowned for her passion and restless curiosity, Yii Ying is a young pianist who is enthusiastic about classical music, particularly music by lesser-known composers. She gave up two scholarships in order to pursue her music degree, and is currently studying a double degree – Bachelor of Commerce/Music under Dr. Kenji Fujimura at Monash University – The Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, majoring in classical piano.
Born in 1996 in Malaysia, she has been playing the piano since she was six under the tutelage of Chelsia Yu and Michael Clulow. Since then, she has won a number of international and local competitions. She came 2nd in the East Coast International Competition, and was invited to perform in the Bruno Walter Auditorium, Lincoln Centre in the New York City in 2017.
She was also one of the few amongst 13,000 competitors to be selected to proceed to the final live round for the 2016 Shanghai Spring International Music Festival Piano E-Competition and had won the Elite Prize for the Piano Ensemble Category and Finalist Award for the Piano Solo Adult Group A Category. She was also a semi-finalist for the International Piano Festival and Competition held by UCSI in Malaysia.
Yii Ying does not only enjoy playing as a soloist and an accompanist. Being an enthusiast of chamber music, she is the co-founder of Intrépide Ensemble in 2017, performing a variety of music with Kelsey Cotton, including working with composers and premiering new music.
She looks forward to travel and perform more in the future. She is a recipient of Bernies Music Land Classical Piano Award and also a recipient of the Chamber Music Prize given by the Faculty of Arts at Monash University. Recent projects includes a performance and recording project with the Monash Arts Ensemble. She was specifically chosen by Paul Grabowsky to be involved in the ensemble.
Yii Ying was chosen to perform in 3MBS Radio Station The Talent Series Live Performance and also was involved in the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music Piano CD Recording. She has also been actively performing at masterclasses by great pianists and composers such as Rolf Plagge, Tamara Smolyar, Anatoly Dokumentov, Leslie Howard, Geoffrey Saba and Jane Hammond. She had performed in numerous concerts and events, held at the Duneira House, Beleura House, Abbotsford Convent, Collins St Baptist Church and the Melbourne Recital Centre.
In 2014, she was the lead pianist of Mount Waverley Secondary College “Footloose” Production, and was given the MWSC Music Award as well.
Yii Ying is not only an experienced pianist and accompanist, she is also an established music teacher. She is teaching students as young as 4 years old to adult students, from classical music to contemporary.
Being a passionate and enthusiastic teacher, she always tries her best to make sure that students are engaged and are enjoying her lesson. She believes that each student has unique learning needs and often tailor the curriculum to match the student’s needs. She focuses on musicality and expressions, general music knowledge, techniques, sight-reading skills and theory.