My very first instrument was the violin. Luckily, we were neighbors with Yo-Yo Ma’s father. So, of course, my mother took me there for lessons when I was 3 years old. Professor Ma was a very strict teacher who had a very interesting concept of how to teach young kids. He actually only lectured the parents during lesson while they were sitting behind their kids. This way, they will be able to help the kids to practice correctly at home. Unfortunately, though I did really well with the violin and had my first group concert within 6 months, I refused to play violin anymore, no matter what my mom said.
When I was 5 years old, my mom started me on piano. This time, she could care less about my progress and it worked out just fine for me. This marked my official start of a lifelong journey with music.
I got into Fu-Jen Catholic University (Taipei, Taiwan) as a Percussion Major and Piano Minor. Starting Freshman year, I freelanced for many of the top orchestras in Taiwan. I also played in numerous Wind Ensembles and toured a lot - it was a fun and exciting time for a young musician. I was so very lucky to be given so many opportunities to perform and teach.
After college, I was accepted to The Mannes College (NYC) with a scholarship for graduate school. I graduated with the highest honor for graduate students - the George and Elizabeth Gregory Award for Excellence in Performance. I then got into the prestigious DMA program at SUNY Stony Brook with a full scholarship. During my years there, I was the first Percussionist to win the Stony Brook Concerto Competition. I studied and performed contemporary music for many years.
Performing and teaching music has always been an important part of my life. I love to share my passion and appreciation for music with anyone who’s interested in knowing more about music. It gives me great pleasure to see my students grow in music over the years, and that music will be part of their lives for a long time.