Our Tutors

The Instrumental Music Programme Tuition Team

Ms. Esther


Qualifications: Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Performing Arts in Music, University of Malaya. Grade 8 ABRSM.

Styles: Classical

Musical Biography: Ms. Esther has been teaching at Garden International School for 5 years. She holds a Bachelor of Performing Arts (Music) from the University of Malaya and completed her piano major with Miss Julia Quay at the University of Malaya. She is Grade 8 ABRSM trained and is passionate about teaching piano.

As well as her piano experience, Esther is currently the vice president of the Dithyrambic Singers. She has performed with the Dithyrambic Singers on various occasions with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, most notably with Andrea Bocelli in 2013. Esther has also performed in charity concerts and Christmas Carols events organized by the Dithyrambic Singers.

Mr. Richard

Piano & Saxophone

Qualifications: Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Performing Arts in Music, University of Malaya. Grade 8 ABRSM.

Styles: Romantic Period, Jazz.

Musical Biography: Richard has been working at GIS for 3 years. He is Grade 8 ABRSM piano trained and has been an ABRSM and Trinity seminar delegate. Richard studied saxophone with Ian Chan Wing Hang at the University of Malaya. He is currently a member of the KLPAC symphonic band and plays regularly with the GIS Latin Express and Secondary Orchestra groups. Over the years, Richard has had masterclasses with Jean-Marie Londeix, William Street, Julian Chan and Tong Young. He attended The 3rd International Soloist Saxophone Camp 2008 in the College of Music, Mahidol University, Thailand.

Ms. Wan Ru


Qualifications: Bachelor of Performing Arts (Music) Hons, Currently completing Master of Performing Arts.

Styles: Classical

Musical Biography: Ms. Wan Ru has been teaching at GIS since 2015. Her musical journey began with piano lessons at the age of five. During secondary school, she participated in the school’s Chinese orchestra and began to learn cello. She took private lessons and received proper training for cello at the age of 14 under Mr. Loke Bok Kun. She then began her music studies at the University of Malaya, majoring in cello under the tutelage of Mr. Lian Phooi Wooi and Ms. Huangyi Lin. Besides Western classical instruments, she plays in both Gamelan and Taklempong ensembles.

Ms. Nian Shee

Orchestral Percussion & Piano

Qualifications: University of Malaya, Malaysia Bachelor in Performing Arts in Music (2008-2011), The Boston Conservatory, Boston MA Master of Music (2013-2015), The Boston Conservatory, Boston MA Professional Studies Certificate (2015-2016)

Styles: Classical, Jazz.

Musical Biography: Nian Shee has been working at GIS since 2016. She is an incredibly accomplished percussionist who has studied in Malaysia and the USA. Nian Shee works with our secondary orchestra and Latin Express band and leads an Orchestral Percussion CCA. She can also teach piano and is an exciting addition to our IMP Team this year.

Ms. Sue Xian


Qualifications: Bachelor of Arts: Music and Popular Music, University of Wolverhampton (2016). ABRSM Grade 8 Piano, ABRSM Grade 8 Theory.

Styles: Classical & Pop.

Musical Biography: Ms. Sue Xian is a passionate and dedicated vocal tutor who works comfortably with a range of musical genres. Ms. Sue Xian is an accomplished singer who has worked with bands and choirs both in Malaysia and the UK. She brings this experience to the GIS IMP team to enhance the vibrant culture of singing present at the school.

Ms. Melissa


Qualifications: Bachelor of Music Education, ATCL Violin, ALCM Piano, Grade 8 Viola.

Styles: Classical & Pop.

Musical Biography: Melissa has been teaching at GIS since 2014. She was a violist of Malaysian Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (Assistant Principal). She has also played with the National Symphony Orchestra, Kuala Lumpur Symphony Orchestra, Radio TV Malaysia (RTM) Symphony Orchestra and the University Putra Malaysia (UPM) Symphony Orchestra (Assistant Principal).

Melissa also had the privelege of performing to Sultan & Sultanah of Terengganu in the City Hall with cooperation of UPMT. She also performed with the Monash Symphony Orchestra in the Joined Programme between Music Department of UPM and Monash University of Australia.

Mr. Aldrich


Qualifications: Bachelor of Performing Arts, Master in Music (Performance Studies), DipABRSM Music Performance Violin.

Styles: Classical

Musical Biography: Aldrich is new to GIS in 2018. He has taught students from a range of backgrounds and achieved fantastic success with students preparing for ABRSM exams.

Mr. Yann

Trumpet & Trombone

Qualifications: Diploma of Music (Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts) & Bachelor of Music (Hons) Program at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2014.

Styles: Classical & Contemporary

Musical Biography: Yann Zhe Yau started learning the trumpet at age 17. He graduated from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in 2014 with a Diploma in Music, and was offered direct entry into the third year of the Bachelor of Music (Hons) program at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland at 2014.

Patient, passionate and highly motivated both as a performer and as a teacher, Yann Zhe is caring and willing to help enhance and improve on any given task. His other interest is on early music and is currently taking up natural trumpet and keyed trumpet as a minor study.

Ms. Yong


Qualifications: Bachelor of Music. Hons. UCSI University. ABRSM Grade 8 Theory. ABRSM Grade 8 Flute (Distinction).

Styles: Classical

Musical Biography: Ms. Yong joined GIS in 2016 to help enhance the strong woodwind programme here at GIS. Ms. Yong is an energetic and passionate teacher who has also performed with the KLPAC Orchestra, the Malaysian Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and various other ensembles around KL. Ms. Yong has already helped to prepare students for recitals and performances here at GIS and has an increasing number of students on her books.

Mr. Syazwan

Guitar, Bass, Ukulele

Qualifications: Bachelor of Music - Performance & Education. Diploma of Music.

Styles: Classical, Jazz & Modern.

Musical Biography: Mr. Syazwan joined GIS in 2017 and is excited to get involved in the dynamic programme offered at the school. He is passionate about education and bringing the best out in his students. He is experienced teaching content from a range of exam boards including ABRSM and Trinity, but is also keen to continue working with our existing students on the Rockschool curriculum.

Syazwan performed extensively during his university studies where he focused on classical performance technique.

Mr. Yugi


Qualifications: Diploma of Media Technology (Audio Engineering). Rockschool Teacher Trained

Styles: Funk, Rock, Pop.

Musical Biography: Mr. Yugi joins the GIS Instrumental Music Programme tuition team this year and is ready to continue working with our fantastic drumming students. He is a passionate teacher who looks to bring excitement and enjoyment into every lesson. He is highly knowledgeable in the Rockschool syllabus and has successfully entered many students over the past few years. He has performed as a drummer and percussionist in a range of ensembles and has also led percussion ensembles.

Mr. Julian


Qualifications: Bachelor of Music.

Styles: Classical

Musical Biography: Mr. Julian joined the GIS IMP Team in 2018 to help develop the extensive woodwind programme. He is an experienced clarinetist who has performed in Taiwan and Malaysia and is a passionate teacher. Mr. Julian has experience preparing students for ABRSM exams and his students regularly achieve excellent results.