Michael has been with the SSO since 1990 and is now Associate Principal of the Second Violin. He was born in Kuala Lumpur and started studies on the violin at the age of nine. After obtaining his Performer’s Diploma, he left for Germany to study with Professor Igor Ozim at the Music University of Cologne. Upon graduation Michael worked with the Beisel Ensemble and the Rhine Chamber Orchestra. In 1983 Michael was a prize-winner of the Junior Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition in Folkstone, Kent, United Kingdom.
Born in Singapore, Yeo Teow Meng commenced studies on the violin at the age of eight. Awarded a scholarship by the Public Service Commission (Singapore) in 1982, he furthered his studies with Lyndall Hendrickson and Gunnar Crantz in Adelaide at the South Australian College of Advanced Education. Upon graduation he worked with the State Opera of South Australia as well as various chambers groups and has been with the SSO since 1986.
A professional level violin teacher, Joanne graduated from Northeast Nornal University (Chang Chun of China) in 2001, attaining Bachelors degree in music teaching. She is also familiar with the ABRSM (Associated Board of Royal School of Music) and Trinity exam board grading system, having attained ABRSM.grade 8 (Distinction) in 2006, In 2020, she graduated from NAFA (Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts) obtaining music diploma in teaching.
Joanne started coaching in 2001, with a combination of private violin students as well as students in various music schools. Since 2015 she is also an approved MOE (Ministry of Education) CCA Music instructor for various government schools. These include: MGS Primary School, MAris Stella Primary, Punggol Green Primary, Northland Primary, Frontier Primary, ACS Primary, Raffles Girls Primary, Guang Yang Primary, Dunman Secondary.
Joanne can coach violin practical beginner to diploma level, also music theory from grade 1 to grade 8.
Local violinist, Clement Lim has been teaching in Singapore as a full time violin instructor since 1995.
Born in 1972, Mr. Lim started his journey in practical violin at the age of 8. He had received his violin training with several renowned violinists. Among were Pavel Prantl (first SSO concertmaster); Chua Lik Wuk; Kong Zhao Hui – members of SSO. Lynette Lim.
As a teaching instructor, Mr. Lim has taught both as individual freelance teacher as well as group teacher among local schools. Schools that he has taught inclusive of Nanyang Primary; Catholic High Primary; Methodist Girls School; Maha Bohdi Primary and others. He is currently also an MOE approved AMIS instructor.
Mr Lim was a member of the Singapore Youth Orchestra (1986-88) , and had participated twice in ASEAN Music Workshop as orchestral player (both in Brunei and Jakarta) as one of representatives of our local nation.
Mr. Lim attained certification under ABRSM Practical Violin Grade 8 (1992) and ABRSM Advanced Certificate in Violin Performance (1995).
Sarah achieved Masters in Music degree in violin performance from Schulich School of Music (Montreal, Canada) in 2018. Prior to that, she achieved Bachelor’s in Music in violin performance from Eastman School of Music (New York, USA) in 2016.
She has been teaching since 2010 in Singapore and Montreal, and has been full time violin coach since 2020. Sarah has experience coaching students from age 4 to adults.
Sarah also has vast performance experience in Chamber and Orchestra. Notable ones include: Thunderbay Symphony Orchestra (2018-2020), National Academy Orchestra (2019-2020), Vermont Mozart Festival Orchestra (2017), Mcgill Symphony Orchestra (2016-2018), Orford Orchestra Academy (2016), Roundtop Festival Orchestra Principal 2nd Violin (2016), Eastman Philharmonic (2013-2016), Singapore Lyric Opera Orchestra (2012).
Violin teacher Yentl has been teaching since 2015 and has experience coaching students aged 6 and above, including adult students. Good track record of student improvement & progress in the form of ABRSM practical examinations of all grades, and stage performances. Yentl has Tinity LTCL Performance Diploma qualifications in the Violin. Currently studying under Una Lauw of the Suzuki Talent Education Association of Singapore. She studied under Professor Lanku Chen to attain Suzuki Vol. 1 Teacher Certificate in 2016.
Siak Lee achieved ABRSM grade 8 qualification in violin and piano. She is currently pursuing Diploma qualifications in both music instruments. She has ABRSM grade 5 qualification in music theory and currently pursuing ABRSM grade 8 theory.
She started coaching violin and piano in 2015. She scored Gold in the National Music Strings Orchestra Competition as a violinist and soloist. In 2016, she was selected to attend Clement Curtin Violin masterclasses and was recognized for her skills. In 2018 she was awarded Silver in Euroasia Competition.
Tevy graduated from La Salle Singapore & Kingston University (DIP. BA in violin music performance, Hons upper 2nd Division) in 1998. He also has piano as minor study for his Dip. BA. He has 9 years of solid coaching experience with private students as well as in music schools.
Tevy’s appreciation of western classical music originated from his coaches from Singapore and UK. Notably, he took master classes from Mr Jonathan Rees (a recipient of the BBC Award violinist in 1978).
He has performed in numerous ensemble and orchestra in both countries. He has also performed with the London Korean Community Orchestra in the 1990’s. As such he has a cosmopolitan and international outlook.Tevy’s students come from all walks of life, from 4 year old to adults. He also performed with his students at Woodlands Regional Library Recital Hall, Singapore Chinese Girl’s School (2015), and at the ABRSM High Scorer’s concert at Suntec City (1999).