Shih-Shih: My parents have always loved music, so I was
brought up in a musical environment in which they would play music in different genres to me on a
cassette player. My pitch awareness developed rapidly in this environment, and I would always
quickly pick up songs that were played to me. My parents saw this talent in me, so they encouraged
me to take up the piano at the age of 4. Prior to going to primary school, I auditioned for a place
at a school that had one music specialist class in each grade. Luckily, I got in, and took up my
second instrument, the cello, at the age of 6. In primary school, I joined the school choir and
orchestra, and performed lead roles in the school musical and ballet productions. After graduating
from primary school, I was sent to the Purcell School for Young Musicians in the U.K., which is a
prestigious specialist music school aimed at training young musicians. I went on to study for a B.A.
in Music Performance at the University of Bristol, where I also pursued a master’s degree in
Composition of Music for Film and Television.