Our Tutors

The Instrumental Music Programme Tuition Team

Esther How

Piano

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

Styles: Classical

Musical Biography: Esther has been teaching at Garden International School for 7 years. She holds a Bachelor of Performing Arts (Music) from the University of Malaya and completed her piano major with 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 has been 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 organised by the Dithyrambic Singers.

Richard Goh

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 6 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 Secondary Orchestra and Jazz band 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.

Wan Ru Khoo

Cello & Piano

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

Styles: Classical

Musical Biography: 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 the cello. She took private lessons and received proper training for cello at the age of 14 under Loke Bok Kun. She then began her music studies at the University of Malaya, majoring in cello under the tutelage of Lian Phooi Wooi and Huangyi Lin. Besides Western classical instruments, she plays in both Gamelan and Taklempong ensembles.

Nian Shee Yon

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 jazz band and leads an Orchestral Percussion CCA. She can also teach piano and is an exciting addition to our IMP team.

Sue Xian Eiap

Singing

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

Styles: Classical & Pop.

Musical Biography: Sue Xian is a passionate and dedicated vocal tutor who works comfortably with a range of musical genres. 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.

Melissa Dang

Viola & Violin

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 privilege of performing to the Sultan & Sultanah of Terengganu in the City Hall with cooperation of UPMT. She also performed with the Monash Symphony Orchestra in the Joint Programme between the Music department of UPM and Monash University of Australia.

Aldrich Pinso

Violin

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

Styles: Classical

Musical Biography: Aldrich joined the GIS IMP team in 2018. He has taught students from a range of backgrounds and achieved fantastic success with students preparing for ABRSM exams.

Yann Zhe Yau

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 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.

Ching Ting Yong

Flute

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

Styles: Classical

Musical Biography: Ching Ting joined GIS in 2016 to help enhance the strong woodwind programme here at GIS. She 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. Ching Ting has also prepared students for recitals, performances and exams here at GIS and has an increasing number of students on her books.

Kamil Hasbi

Guitar (acoustic & electric), Bass, Ukulele

Qualifications: Rockschool Grade 8 in Electric Guitar.

Styles: Rock & Contemporary

Musical Biography: The latest addition to the IMP team, joining us in 2021, Kamil Hasbi started learning guitar at the age of 15. He has ample experience in performing in bands, touring around the country as well as internationally. He has experience in music production, producing music for other musicians as well as working on his own music. Kamil is a self taught guitarist, in which he has gained a massive wealth of experience in trial and error that he now uses as tools in his teaching. He has a real passion to show others that while the guitar is a difficult instrument to start with, it is also a very fulfilling one.



Yugi Foong

Drums

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

Styles: Funk, Rock, Pop.

Musical Biography: Yugi joins the GIS Instrumental Music Programme tuition in 2018 and is a popular member of our IMP Team. 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. Yugi has also performed as a drummer and percussionist in a range of ensembles and has also led percussion ensembles.


Julian Ong

Clarinet

Qualifications: Bachelor of Music.

Styles: Classical

Musical Biography: 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. Julian has experience preparing students for ABRSM exams and his students regularly achieve excellent results.