Chin Hong, Founder & Cellist
Chin Hong is a veteran in the local music scene and has been playing and teaching actively since he was seventeen. In the earlier years, he has performed numerous concerts cutting across all genres and styles. He has also featured as a performer in a number of local productions such as musicals, operas and other crossover projects.
Chin Hong's recent passion lies in sharing his strategies and practices in the art of cello playing in his own private studio. He brings a unique style of understanding music pedagogy through combining his education, business and music background seamlessly. Find out @ http://www.cellobear.com
Elaine Khong, Violinist
Elaine Khong is one of the founding member of GraceNotes. She has obtained Licentiate from Royal Schools of Music (LRSM) and Licentiate from Trinity College of London (LTCL) both with distinction. She is also trained in Computer Science from National University of Singapore. Her passion and interest is in chamber music and violin pedagogy.
She has participated in various chamber concerts in Singapore and has been violinist for Braddell Heights Symphony Orchestra, National University of Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Japan Singapore, Camerata (Singapore) and the Chamber Players. She enjoys playing different genre of music, not limiting to classical style. She also enjoys playing the piano leisurely.
May Tan, Flutist & Pianist
Mei attained her Bachelor of Music Performance with honours from the Kingston University Upon Thames, where her studies was supported by the National Arts Council (NAC) Oversea Bursary. She continued with her orchestral and flute studies with Dr AndersLyungar-Chapleon in Malmo Conservatory, Sweden.
She has performed with percussion ensemble, gamelan, flute ensemble/orchestra, chamber ensembles in Singapore and overseas. Active in performance, she currently plays in the Braddell Heights Symphony Orchestra and other ad hoc projects. She has appeared as a soloist with the Emmanuel Symphony Orchestra in Singapore and with the Braddell Heights Strings Ensemble in Milan in recent years.
Currently she is a music educator teaching music enrichment program in preschools and she is a music instructor at Very Special Arts Singapore (VSAS) and Beautiful Mind Charity.
Chiang Yaw Yeang, Violinist & Violist
Yaw Yeang began to play violin since the age of 6 under Music Instructor Liew Teck Khoon until he completed his violin Grade 8. A few years later he entered Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts to further his music studies, and continue learning violin under violinist Lynette Lim, Zhang Zhen Shan, and Kong Zhao Hui. In year 2006, he completed his Honor Degree in Music (University of Wales).
After the graduation, Yaw Yeang continue obtained the Fellowship Diploma (FTCL) from Trinity College, London. As a music performer, he playing violin or viola in various type of concerts or events, such as Singapore 50th National Day Event in 2015 and the memorial day of Mr Lee Kuan Yew in 2016. Apart from performing, he is also a music instructor and violin examiner in Yamaha music school, Singapore.
Lee Hwey Ping, Violist
Under the influence of her elder sister, Lee Hwey Ping started her music journey as a violinist in the Foon Yew High School String Orchestra at the age of 13. With much interest in music, she joined NUS Symphony Orchestra (NUSSO) as a violinist while pursuing her higher education in National Univeristy of Singapore (NUS). Subsequently she even took up the challenge of switching instrument to viola in the following year and began taking lessons with Miss Marietta Ku, who holds a dual post as violinist cum violist with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra.
During the years with NUSSO, Hwey Ping participated in various concerts and performances. She also participated in the International Youth Music Festival in Shizuoka (Japan) in 2000, Sydney and Bathurst (Australia) in 2001 as well as Aberdeen (Scotland) in 2005. In 2017, she participated in Singapore-Kagoshima Arts and Cultural Exchange Festival in Kagoshima (Japan) with the strings chamber group of Braddell Heights Symphony Orchestra.
Hwey Ping is currently a member of Braddell Heights Symphony Orchestra and a viola tutor in Foon Yew High School String Orchestra, Malaysia.
New K Yong, Cellist
Passion for piano playing and music started when he heard his two elder sisters practicing on the piano at home. He started his formal classical piano training at age of 7. Took and passed with Distinction ABRSM Grade 1 at age 9, then went on to take Grade 5 (Merit), Grade 7 (Merit) and eventually Grade 8 (Merit) at age 17.
In the same year, he joined Singapore Youth Orchestra to learn to play the double bass in the Training Ensemble, and thereafter joined the main orchestra for their annual concerts and various other performances. This period of one and a half years with the Orchestra broadened his music education and further cultivated his passion for music.
Challenging himself to greater heights, he went on to prepare for higher piano studies after completing his 2.5 years of National Service as a Military Police, and subsequently attained ATCL for Piano (Recital) with Distinction at age 21. In the same year, he enrolled into Nanyang Technological University and thereafter joined their String Ensemble (which evolved to become NTU String Orchestra during his times). He picked up the cello within a short time, which he went on to attain ABRSM Grade 8 with Merit, with aid from his piano and double bass background. Since university days, he has been very actively involved as a chamber ensemble player in performing within school for dinner-&-dance and convocation events, as well as outside of school events like weddings, corporate events, dinner-&-dance, product launches, fashion festivals and other music festivals like the recent Singapore Night Festival 2013.