KHOO, Hui Ling

Nationality            Singapore
Lecturer of Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music

For pianist Khoo Hui Ling, playing the piano is a vulnerable and precious expression of what is in the heart beyond where words can go. She enjoys sharing this experience through both performing and teaching. Hui Ling is currently lecturer of Contextual Studies at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, and founder and pedagogy consultant at The Music Studios, where she mentors piano teachers and students. Prior to her current teaching appointments, she has taught in various capacities as a teaching intern at the Peabody Preparatory (USA), a Graduate Teaching Fellow at the University of Oregon (USA) and a Higher Music Programme teacher at Nanyang Girls’ High School in Singapore.
A curious soul, Hui Ling has diverse artistic interests. Her artistry at the piano has been heard in recitals in the United States, Europe and Singapore. Her forays into multidisciplinary performance have led to the production of Walking in the Wild, a music and dance collaboration. Excerpts were presented at the 2019 Performers' Presents International Artistic Research Symposium at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music. For her doctoral research. She produced short documentaries about the confluence of Chinese traditional music and painting in Tan Dun’s 8 Memories in Watercolour. This culminated in a multimedia performance that premiered in the United States and Singapore in 2016.
In her free time, Hui Ling also fiddles around on the erhu which she picked up upon joining the Chinese orchestra as a teenager. She likens playing the erhu after a day of practicing the piano to drinking a cup of fragrant Chinese tea with an old friend. She also loves writing, and is a regular contributor to The Music Studios blog Music Matters. She has recently written a short essay Three Birthday Wishes for Children for The Birthday Book 2019 in celebration of the Singapore Bicentennial.
Hui Ling graduated with a Doctorate in Musical Arts from the University of Oregon under the tutelage of Dean Kramer. She previously studied at the Peabody Conservatory of Music with Brian Ganz, and the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music with Thomas Hecht. In her childhood and teenage years, her love for music was cultivated by Julie Tan who taught her piano, and Xu Wen Jing who taught her erhu. Based in Singapore, she hopes to further develop her interests in performance, teaching, and in innovative collaborations with other artistic fields.