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. 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 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 recently in Malaysia.
Yii Ying enjoys playing as a soloist, chamber musician and accompanist and 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. In 2017, she was the only pianist from the piano faculty in the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music to be nominated for the Vice Chancellor’s Ensemble Leadership Scholarship given by Monash University.
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 Anatoly Dokumentov, Leslie Howard, Geoffrey Saba and Jane Hammond as well numerous concerts and events such as Pianistic Australiana at the Melbourne Recital Centre and Classical Piano Sound Series Concerts.
In 2014, she was the lead pianist of Mount Waverley Secondary College “Footloose” Production, and was given the MWSC Music Award as well.
She was also the Vice President of the school choir when she was in Malaysia, and she was also being selected to be the Woodwind Section Leader in the school scout marching band.
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.