Elizabeth Chua, Violin & Piano
Born in Malaysia, Elizabeth Chua began music lessons at the age of 4, attending the Yamaha JMC Course. Starting her first piano lesson at the age of 7, she obtained her ABRSM Grade 8 in piano under the guidance of Erica Chai at the age of 16. In 2011, She received her Bachelor of Music - Classical (Hons) degree in piano performance from UCSI University. Her previous teachers include Son Hui Ling, Chew Beng Lin, and Dr. Nicholas Ong.
Elizabeth completed her Masters of Music program in 2015, specializing in Collaborative Piano and Piano Performance at Middle Tennessee State University under the tutelage of Dr. Arunesh Nadgir. As a graduate teaching assistant at MTSU, she worked with singers and instrumentalists as an accompanist and coach. She also played for the MTSU Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra. She is currently pursuing her Doctoral of Musical Arts degree in Collaborative Piano and Coaching at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.
She has participated in various collaborative masterclasses including masterclass by Dr. Arlene Shrut, vocal coach of the Juilliard School and the Manhattan School of Music.
Her recent achievements in solo piano playing include winning second place at the Beethoven Club of Memphis Young Artist Competition in Year 2013. She was also recently selected to play in a masterclass with world renowned Robert McDonald, piano professor at the Juilliard School of Music and Curtis Institute of Music.
In May 2014, she participated in the Dorothy Taubman Piano Seminar at Temple University and played in masterclasses with world renowned Daniel Epstein and Jonathan Feldman.
In addition to playing the piano, Elizabeth also plays the violin, does classical singing and learns the harpsichord under the tutelage of Dr. Lilian Pearson.
Elizabeth is a passionate teacher. She has taught students ranging from age 4 to 60. She incorporates various teaching methodologies, tailoring her teachings to meet the specific needs of each individual. A Suzuki piano teacher, she also uses the Music Mind Games methodology, an excellent teaching approach for younger students. Her exposure to Alexander Technique is also integrated into her teachings. It is a body awareness method to avoid tension buildups in piano and violin playing which helps prevent injury.
Elizabeth is fluent in English, Mandarin, Malay, French and German, enabling her to communicate with students of different nationalities.