Yvonne Teo is a Singapore-born pianist, composer and arranger. A graduate of Berklee College of Music, Yvonne recently completed a BMus degree in Film Scoring summa cum laude. She now continues her musical journey back home introducing young, inquiring minds to the world of music.
As a student of film scoring, Yvonne relished the opportunity not only to compose and produce original music of various styles, but also to conduct a live studio orchestra and collaborate with her fellow musicians to realise her musical ideas. Known for its rich background in jazz and more recently the attitude of embracing a wide variety of music, Berklee also provided Yvonne with the opportunity to study jazz improvisation under pianist Bob Winter while being tutored personally on conducting by Isaiah Jackson.
Her experience at Berklee only affirmed her view of music as a broad, holistic field of study. Back home, while under the tutelage of Benjamin Loh, Yvonne also thoroughly enjoyed studying ethnic instruments in the Chinese orchestra, as well as singing and accompanying in her school choirs. Taking a cue from her education under these musical greats, Yvonne believes in encouraging students to explore different musical styles and nurturing a deep love for music that extends beyond training technical dexterity. While technique is often a goal, the ability to pick up a favourite tune by ear or to improvise on a chosen instrument is equally important to a musician, and all of these fall behind love and appreciation for music.
When she’s not poring over music – in various forms – with children, Yvonne can be found improvising original, impromptu music on the keyboard or working on her album, a collaboration with friends slated for release next year.