Vanessa started the violin at 16 and obtained her ABRSM Grade 8 in violin after one year. During her third year of violin playing, she went on to pursue a Diploma in Music Performance as a violin major at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) where she is studying with Chua Lik Wuk, former violinist of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. Vanessa’s teachers include Ang Chek Meng from the T’ang Quartet and Chua Wen Tsong.
At NAFA, she has performed in masterclasses conducted by visiting artists such as violinists Uto Ughi and Kam Ning and in various string platforms. She also performs in the NAFA Orchestra under Maestro Lim Yau, NAFA Project Strings with Foo Say Ming and NAFA New Music Ensemble where she worked with Singaporean composers Dr Zechariah Goh and Liong Kit Yeng.
Despite having a late start on the violin, Vanessa has been actively performing in orchestras such as re: mix, The Philharmonic Orchestra, NUS Symphony Orchestra, kids’ philharmonic@sg Orchestra and the Nanyang Polytechnic Symphony Orchestra. She also performs in outreach concerts such as the Pipe Organ Education concert in collaboration with The Sacred Singers where she was leader of the orchestra.
Vanessa also plays the piano and has attained ABRSM Grade 8 in piano and music theory. As a music educator, Vanessa teaches violin, piano and music theory at kids’ philharmonic@sg where she aspires to spread the love and joy of music making.