Yap Siu Yan

Available : Tuesday
Standard : Classical Piano
Senior : Percussion
Lessons via : Face2Face & Online

Percussionist Yap Siu Yan has been an active performer in Malaysia, Singapore and the United States of America since 2009. She has performed in professional ensembles such as the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO), Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra, Resonance Works Opera, Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) & the National Symphony Orchestra of Malaysia (NSO).

Siu Yan enjoys exploring music with unlimited possibilities. Being a percussionist allows her to experiment with various kinds of instruments, sometimes unconventional instruments like paper, suitcases & duct tape. She also enjoys playing traditional percussion instruments such as the many types of Gamelan & Kulintang from Southeast Asia.

As an active percussionist in Malaysia, Siu Yan is involved in the first Malaysia Percussion Festival (2017) as one of the music directors to the festival ensemble. In September 2017, she also did a piano-percussion duo recital entitled “Earth. Our Love. Our Home” to help raise awareness of environmental issues in partnership with the World Wildlife Fund Malaysia.

Besides performing, Siu Yan loves to teach too. She currently serves as the Mallet Percussion Lecturer of the University Pendidikan Sultan Idris, Tanjong Malim, Perak. Back in 2016, She started the percussion ensemble without using any instrument in the Malaysian Institute of Art. Siu Yan completed her Master Degree in Carnegie Mellon School of Music in the studio of Chris Allen (Assistant Timpani/ Associate Principal Percussion of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra), Jeremy Branson (Associate Principal Percussion of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra) & Paul Evans (Emeritus Section Percussion of the River City Brass Band at Pittsburgh USA). She did her undergraduate study in the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music (YSTCM), National University of Singapore in the studio of Jonathan Fox (Principal Percussion of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra).

Siu Yan also did a semester of exchange in the Peabody School of Music, where she focused on early music & contemporary music on marimba with marimbist Robert van Sice. She completed her Diploma of Music in the Malaysian Institute of Art back in 2007. Siu Yan studied under Paul Philbert (Principal Timpani of the Opera North, UK) when she joined the Malaysian Philharmonic Youth Orchestra in 2007.

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