In her 40s, she left a successful banking career to pursue her passion as a jazz musician

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I KNOW YOU DID A CONCERT IN FEBRUARY. IS THE QUARTET MORE PERFORMING THIS YEAR?

Yes! We had a sold out concert and will be playing the Esplanade Recital Hall again in September. We also perform at a private concert in June.

WHAT CAN WE EXPECT FROM YOU THIS YEAR?

I took a break to recharge after our Pandemic Blues concert at the Esplanade Recital Hall. I am currently rewriting for the next album. Stay tuned.

WHAT IS THE LONG-TERM CAREER ASPIRATION?

I hope to organize more jazz workshops to educate children about jazz. I was particularly inspired by children with autism. It made me realize that many kids are talented in music but haven’t discovered their talents yet. I hope to embark on their musical journeys with them.

I want to go deeper into musical composition and arrangement and have the opportunity to work on national level projects, jazz-infused orchestral projects, and even play at jazz festivals overseas.

ARE THERE ANY MUSICIANS WHO REALLY INSPIRATE YOU?

Wayne Shorter, Seamus Blake, Brad Mehldau, McCoy Tyner, Aaron Parks, Alex Sipiagin, Misha Tsiganov, Sasha Mashin. Also my teachers in LaSalle, Kerong Chok, Belinda Foo. And Julie Tan, professor of piano pedagogy at NUS Yong Siew Toh Conservatory.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU EVERYDAY?

God, my husband, my children. They inspire me to be a better person. I am thankful and thankful for my blessings. I miss my late father and mother; they taught me to respect others and to be hardworking.

Hard work pays off. My husband told me, “Pain plus thought makes you progress” to encourage me to persevere despite the fatigue of juggling parenthood and school. The pain in my studies and the non-stop daily practice were necessary to progress.

I also try to be healthy by exercising daily as it keeps me positive. You have to be happy to write good music, so it’s important to take care of my mind, my soul and my body.

My band members are so talented and hardworking. They inspire me too.

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