Mabel Wong began her music studies at a very young age and mastered both the violin and piano at Licentiate Music while she was still in her teens.
She carried on her passion and pursuit in music by furthering her studies to New Zealand, where she studied as a Bachelor of Music in violin performance under the Head of Strings, Ms. Tessa Petersen, at the University of Otago. Mabel's excellence bagged her numerous awards and prizes, such as the 'Alice Kirscher Prize', the 'Lilburn Memorial Prize for Best Student Performer', and the 'Ida G. White Memorial Prize in Music'.
In 2013, Mabel was offered the Sydney Achievers International Scholarship to study Masters in Music Studies at Sydney Conservatorium of Music, one of Australia's premiere music institutes. At the Conservatorium, she studied under Associate Professor Ole Böhn along many other prominent lecturers. In 2014, the conservatorium sponsored Mabel to participate in Festival de Música de Santa Catarina (FEMUSC), a major music festival in Brazil, where she had the opportunity to learn under world-renowned teachers such as Leon Spierer, former concertmaster of Berliner Philharmoniker; Charles Stegeman, concertmaster of Pittsburgh Opera; Richard Roberts, concertmaster of Montreal Symphony Orchestra; Richard Young, former violist of Vemeer Quartet, and many more.
An avid chamber and orchestral musician, Mabel's passion began when she first joined her church's orchestra and string ensemble as a young girl. In 2006, she was selected to join the then newly-formed Malaysian Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (MPYO) and was appointed co-concertmaster during their East Malaysian tour in 2008.
Her journey as an orchestral musician followed her to New Zealand, where she led her university's string ensemble, became a violinist of the Southern Sinfonia, and was selected to join the New Zealand's National Youth Orchestra (NYO), where she had the opportunity to accompany world-renowned artistes such as Placido Domingo and Katherine Jenkins in a fundraising effort for the Christchurch Earthquake. In Australia, Mabel was chosen as one of the principal violinists for Sydney Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra and was involved in numerous other orchestral and ensemble works. She was also a very active chamber musician, performing with various groups formed within and outside her music studies.
With more than ten years of experience teaching students of varied levels and ages in Malaysia, New Zealand and Australia, teaching has always been a greater passion for Mabel. Her keen interest in teaching has led her to observe lessons of renowned teachers such as Prof. Ole Böhn; the Head of Strings of Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Associate Professor Goetz Richter; and renowned string pedagogue, Mr. Fintan Murphy.
Most of her students enjoyed and gained much from studying under her, with many of them achieving their music goals, such as gaining music scholarships or attaining excellent results in their music examinations. Mabel’s main reason for returning to Malaysia is to contribute her expertise in her home country, nurturing the growth and talent of budding musicians.
Aldrich Pinso, a native Sabahan, is active in the Malaysian music scene. Many illustrious people in the field, amongst them, Mr. Yap Ling, Madam Malgozata Potocka, Anna Rezniak, Christian Howes, David Früwirth, Professor Michael Edgerton, Orfeo Piano Trio and Mivos String Quartet, have guided him for practical and theory-based training.
As a graduate from the University of Malaya, he continued to engage actively in the Klang Valley music scene and participated in many arts promoting societies such as the Yin Qi Choir, Sime Darby Art Festival, Chopin Malaysia Society and KK Jazz Festival.
He is also an alumnus from the Malaysian Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and the UK-based English School Orchestra. He has also played in many orchestras such as the National Symphony Orchestra, the RTM orchestra, the Selangor Philharmonic Orchestra, the Penang Philharmonic Orchestra, the China-ASEAN orchestra, the Manila Philharmonic Orchestra, the Brisbane Youth Orchestra and the Australian Youth Orchestra. In addition, he has played in various settings by performing and exploring music from the Western Art music, Catholic madrigal and chant music, Malaysian Traditional music, Jazz, Pop, world music and collaborative artwork.
His passion in music has brought him into under-privileged rural Sabah to provide basic music education. His interest in teaching also granted his student to be accepted into the Malaysian Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. His humble wish to serve has provided him many chances to work closely with artists such as Sheila Majid, A Lin, A Mei, Li Mao Shan, and Vince Chong. Currently, he is finishing his Postgraduate String Quartet study.
Karen started learning the piano and violin at 5. At 16, she passed her first diploma exam, followed up with a Licentiate Diplomas (LTCL) for both instruments, with distinction. Most recently, she has achieved an award for her Fellowship Diploma (FTCL) in piano performance.
With many years of teaching experience already under her belt, Karen is currently a member of the Malaysian Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. She has been actively involved as regular, guest violinist, concertmaster and soloist of various other ensembles in the region since 2008. In the summer of 2012, she attended the Euroarts Music Festival in Germany. She has taken violin masterclasses under tutors Barnabas Kelemen, Ani Schnarch and Nora Kim, and for the piano, under renowned pianists Dennis Lee and Ng Chong Lim.
Penang-born Jasmine Cheah started her musical journey by learning the violin at the age of 14, under the tutelage of Ms Neah Yuen Sin (a member of Koschka Ensemble). She completed her ABRSM Grade 8 exam, both practical (2014) and theory (2015).
Jasmine obtained music degree at University Putra Malaysia (UPM) in 2016. During her four years studies, she was under the tutelage of Dr. Joanne Yeoh, Dr. Andrew Filmer, Mr. Lau Yew Han and Ms. Mabel Wong. She also had the privilege to take a few masterclasses by Dr. Goh Chia-Chien. These amazing tutors have greatly inspired her to teach.
Besides violin, she also picked up flute and piccolo as her minor instruments during her studies in UPM, under the tutelage of Dr. Jennifer Teng and Mr. Foo Chie Haur (National Symphony Orchestra Flute Principal). She used to perform with UPM Symphony Orchestra and once served as flute principal. She performed as flute soloist for MH370 Musical Tribute in Putra Idol 2 Grand Final.
Additionally, she has an interest in psychology and spent her internship working with a registered music therapist, Ms Cheryl Mow, assisting and co-conducting both individual and group therapy sessions.
Jasmine's teaching philosophy is about making learning fun as she strongly believes that students learn best when they are in a positive and encouraging environment. She also understands that every student is different and tailors her teaching methods according to her students’ needs. It is Jasmine's goal as a teacher to help students appreciate the beauty of music and build their character to become better persons.
Venus Yeoh holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Music from University Science of Malaysia(USM) since 1998 and has numerous years of teaching experience and is highly sort after as a teacher who works well with young children; believing that learning music for young children should be in a fun and exciting way.
Indeed her passion is childhood education; she has attended and participated in numerous music conferences, workshops and specialised training for violin, piano and keyboard, employing programs such as Suzuki Method and Harmony Road.
Venus is also an accomplished pianist and is experienced in providing aural training for students taking part in ABRSM and Trinity Guildhall Examinations, in particular.
Chow Woei Sim graduated as a scholarship music student at The Birmingham Conservatoire with BMus (Hons) in viola, a bachelor degree in viola. She also picked up the violin as her second instrument. She was under the tutelage of Robin Ireland and Dr.Louise Lansdown at Birmingham Conservatoire, and has performed with The City of Birmingham Symphony Youth Orchestra and The Birmingham Conservatoire Symphony Orchestra under the tutoring of Michael Seal, Daniel Rosina, Ian Volkov, and etc…
Woei Sim had performed in masterclasses with Marco Van Pagee, Luis Muniz, Thomas Riebl, Simon Rowland-Jones, amongst others, via Pro Corda Viola Course and Cadenza Summer Course.
As a member of Malaysia Philharmonic Youth Orchestra under the direction of Mr. Kevin Field and the tutoring of a few members from Malaysia Philharmonic Orchestra - Toko Inomoto, Giovani Pasini, and Gábor Mokány; Woei Sim collaborated with different professional musicians such as, Mathew Kam, Fritz Renold, Poh Joo Tan and Csaba Körös.
Her viola skills were further honed as a member of Malaysia Philharmonic Orchestra under Sherwin Thia, Daniel Trgina and Lin Kern Ong. At MPO, she participated in The Kuala Lumpur String Project
Outside of the viola and violin, she had regular piano lessons with Kok Ting Chong and Dr. Nicholas Ong.
Woei Sim loves teaching. She is always eager to give her best of knowledge to her students.
Eben Ting attained The Associate Diploma in Violin Recital, with Distinction, from the Trinity College of London at only 16 years of age. In 2006, he was successfully selected as a performing member of the Malaysian Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (MPYO) whereby in 2010, he was selected as 2nd violin co-principal. Being a versatile string player, Eben was selected as the first stand violist as well. In December 2011, he was one of the 15 musicians selected from MPYO to play side by side with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, under Claus Peter Flor, principal conductor of the MPO.
Currently Eben is a member of the newly formed Kuala Lumpur String Project (a string ensemble led by MPO musicians) and the concertmaster of Miri Orchestra and Choir Society since 2007.
With an avid interest in chamber music, Eben has sought to gather fellow musicians in project endeavors, successfully realizing the first movement of Mendelssohn's Octet, Handel's Halvorsen Passacaglia, Dohnyani's 1st & 4th movement string trio and Brahms’ clarinet quintet. He has been invited to play with the Penang State Symphony Orchestra and Chorus and is often invited as a guest player for Jesselton Philharmonic Orchestra.
The double bass is not always everyone's first choice of instrument but to Eugenia it is her passion. She studied under Wolfgang Steike, formally of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and currently Principal Bass of Malaysian Philharmonic and was Principal double bass of the MPYO herself for many years.
She also played with the Asian Youth Orchestra and the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra as well as the National Symphony Orchestra of Malaysia.
Many of Eugenia's students initially took up double bass as a second instrument and many, particularly pianists who have limited performance opportunities, continue to do so. It is much easier to master than the violin and is an instrument as easily at home with jazz as on a classical stage.
She currently teaches double bass at UiTM as well as Bentley Music Academy.