ABOUT OUR FOUNDER/EDUCATOR
Beverly Hiong is a Suzuki-trained music educator certified under the Suzuki Association of the Americas. She has completed her book 1-7 training with David Evenchick, Carolyn Mead and renowned pedagogue Dr Tanya L. Carey. Since 2012, she has taught individual and group cello classes in local and international schools and in her private studio. She has also taught cello lessons in juvenile homes in Singapore and in 2013, was the only fellow from Asia to be selected for the Sistema Fellowship at the New England Conservatory in Boston, exploring music education for youth development in underserved communities. During the fellowship, she had the opportunity to visit and teach at at-risk youth programmes in the USA and Venezuela. Beverly is passionate about using the body well to play the cello and her approach to this has been inspired by Selma Gokcen (Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London), with whom she took Alexander Technique lessons in the UK.
Beverly studied cello at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory (Singapore) in 2011 and holds an ATCL (Recital) in cello performance from the Trinity College of Music. Her teachers include Leslie Tan (T’ang Quartet), Alexander Boyarsky (Royal College of Music, London) and Zhao Yu Er (Singapore Symphony Orchestra). She has participated in master classes with Colin Carr, Lousie Hopkins, Hilary Metzger (Orchestre des Champs-Elysees), Howard Penny, Ludwig Quandt (Berlin Philharmonic), Markus Stocker (Griffith Trio) and Istvan Vardai, and in chamber music master classes with Hajime Teri Murai and members of the Orchestre des Champs-Elysees and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra.
Beverly held the position of principal cellist of the Singapore National Youth Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Music Makers (Singapore). She has also been a member of the Singapore Lyric Opera Orchestra and the University of London Symphony Orchestra.
To share her love for classical music with the wider public, Beverly founded an arts lifestyle company, Music and Makan in 2012, which curates intimate and engaging classical music experiences paired with the culinary arts. She has also worked in the music sector development team in the National Arts Council (Singapore) and holds a BSc in Economics from the London School of Economics (first class honours).