Lydia began her music journey at the age of 4 at Yamaha Music School under Suzuki teacher, Mr. Kang Choon Sim. She came away with the second prize in the junior category in the Singapore National Piano and Violin competition in 1989 and passed her Advanced Certificate in Violin and Grade 8 piano at age 14. She also spent 6 years playing in the Singapore Youth Orchestra, travelling with them to the Kumamoto Music Festival in Japan.
Her violin teaching began when she was studying at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University, from which she graduated with her Bachelors degree in Communication Studies (Hons). After spending 7 years in the media industry, her passion for music playing and teaching proved too strong to ignore. She then continued her violin studies with SSO violinist-violist, Marietta Ku, and further at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in Australia under the tuteleg of Professor Goetz Richter. She has since graduated with a Masters of Music Studies (Pedagogy) in 2011 and has been teaching part-time for 3 years and full-time for 13 years.
In 2012 and 2016, she attended and performed at the Savonlinna Music Academy Chamber Music Masterclass in Finland, and was fortunate to learn from Mark Gothoni of the Orpheus Quartet, Cellist Marko Ylönen and renowned Violist Paul Coletti.
She now teaches full-time in Singapore and has played with various orchestras, including local chamber groups, re: mix, ADDO Chamber Orchestra, the Hallelujah Oratoria Society, Celebration Chorus, New Heart Ministries and The Philharmonic Orchestra. She also serves in her church’s music ministry and is constantly learning new things, music-related or not 😉