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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

An Enchanting Musical Evening (With the Yap Family) 新春音乐会

Enchanting Musical Evening (新春音) – Featuring Yap Family

In conjunction with the Chinese New Year Celebration and family get together the Yap Family is organizing the “Enchanting Musical Evening” on Monday, 19th of February at The Auditorium of the Old Courthouse, Kuching at 7,30pm. 

This enthralling concert was envisaged for many years by the Yap siblings and our families because we all love music and perform regularly.  The concert will feature Yap Ling, Yap Yen, Yap Ting, Yap Ning, Grace Lee, Yap Qin, Yap Yi and Yap Meer.  There will be special appearance by guest pianist and arranger Eugene Clifford Roland Suboh. 

The primary objective of this concert is to share what we all love with as many people as possible and at the same time having fun collaborating together in the name of music. Even though most of us are avid performers, this is the first time we come together to put up a concert because it is not easy especially when we are all staying far apart.

With a friendly program repertoire to all audiences, the concert program includes a variety of combination in term of number of players performing and also the genre of music.  It is tailored to suit your indulgence.

For further inquiry and tickets, please do not hesitate to whatsapp +60168200355, +60105426718 & +60178830797

We hope and look forward to seeing you at the concert with your family and friends.  We would appreciate if you could forward this messages to your circle of friends and help us to promote.


Yap Ling is a versatile musician who performs, teaches, conducts and arranges music.  His professional training from Royal Academy of Music, London (RAM), has taken him to many countries including USA, Australia, New Zealand, Dubai, Russia, Asian and European countries.  In 1997 he was conferred an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM) by his alma mater in recognition for his contribution towards developing the music standard and promoting music in this part of the world.

In 1990, he participated in the 1st World Youth Music Camp in KL and the 1st Pacific Music Festival in Japan (under the baton of Maestro Leonard Bernstein). He represented Malaysia as a violin tutor in the 1991 ASEAN Youth Music Workshop in Jakarta, Indonesia. He was a string tutor at Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) and Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) where he conducted their orchestras. He was the Artistic Director and Principal Conductor for the 1st and the 2nd Sarawak Music Camp in Kuching and Sibu respectively for 1999 and 2001, the 1st Sabah State Music Camp at University Malaysia Sabah (UMS) in 2009.

Yap Ling is the conductor and founder of Jesselton Philharmonic Orchestra (JPO), Kian Kok Youth Orchestra (KKYO), the Tshung Tsin String Orchestra, The Kota Marudu Skycommunity String Orchestra and the Kota Kinabalu String Music Festival for the past 5 years, which includes the Outreach Teaching Program he started that enables teaching of strings instruments to the orphanages and hostels in Kota Marudu Skycom, Tuaran Jireh Home, Papar Care For the Future Malaysia, Tawau Vision Schools, Yangon Ywama Baptish Church Orchestra and the Bangi PLPP Orkestra & Koir (for the physically handicapped). To date, more than 150 students are receiving free tutelage under his leadership.

He has conducted Violin Masterclasses and Violin Teacher Seminars for ABRSM in Malaysia and regularly gives violin masterclasses and orchestra workshops throughout the country.  Last year, he was invited by Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore to give a talk and to conduct string masterclasses. Presently he is the assistant conductor and violin tutor for the Permata Seni Muzik (PSM), a national program for musically gifted children below the age of 14. 

As a Guest Conductor, he conducts the Miri Orchestra and Choir (MOC), The Musica Sinfonietta, Penang and The orchestra of the Music For Our Young Foundation, Hong Kong. He also co-founded the annual Bintulu Music Camp in 2015 where he is the artistic director and conductor. He conducted the Gala Friendship Concert (Malaysia & Korea) in Kota Kinabalu in 2015, collaboration between the Korean Opera Company Association and the JPO. 

As a chamber musician, he plays viola in his Duos group. Yap Ling is also the violinist for the Three-in-1, MP3rio (Piano Trio), the Jesselton Trio (Oboe-Violin-Piano), Re:mix (Singaporean String Ensemble), the Malaysian Ars Nova Ensemble (String Quintet with Piano), the L’espressivo Trio (Vocal-Violin-Piano) and the Fuegokoori Trio (Violin-Cello-Guitar) which has performed regularly in various parts of Malaysia and abroad.

Besides giving regular recitals with his wife Grace Lee, Yap Ling has also appeared as soloist with the Monash Sinfonia in Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, the Penang Symphony Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra (Malaysia).  Apart from classical music, he was invited to perform with Jackfruit (Jazz Band) at the 10th Nanjing International Jazz & World Music Festival, China in 2011.


GRACE obtained her Bachelor of Music degree from Auckland University, where she studied piano under Professor Tamas Vesmas. She had conducting lesson with Uwe Groud and Karen Grill.

Besides giving solo performances she plays chamber music and serves as orchestra pianist. She is the pianist of the L’espressivo Trio (Vocal-Violin-Piano),   Grajenda Trio (Piano-Flute-Clarinet), “Three-in-One” (Violin-Cello-Piano),  Jesselton Trio consisting (violin-oboe-piano),  D’Arte Ensemble (Family Piano Quartet) and the Jesselton Philharmonic Orchestra (JPO)

Grace is also an avid accompanist.   Some of the musicians she has accompanied includes the famous ‘Malaysian 3 Tenors’- David Ngim, Lim Cheong Hock and belated Armando Chin Yong, the Sabah based Soprano Phoon Sook Peng who sung for “The Yellow River Cantata” in KK, the Dama Vocal Festival held at KL Performing Art Centre and the Debut Season With Stars From Dama’s Production - “Intimate Encounters” in KL.

Her latest appearance was with her husband Yap Ling and cellist Lai Kong Loke giving a piano trio recital at Dewan Budaya Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang in Three-In-1 on 12 April.

Last but not least, Grace also conduct Song En Methodist Children Choir.


Yap Yen started the violin with Mr. Marcus Leong.  She is a violinist with orchestra RTM KL since 1992. She was the Concert master and frequently appeared as soloist for the orchestra which has performed  for various concerts in Malaysia and overseas. 

In addition, she has also played with the Asian Philharmonic Orchestra in Korea and Japan, Harry Potter concert.  

Her past Collaborations include Malaysian and international artists like Dato Sito Norhaliza, Kanye West, Shirley Bassey, Vanessa Mae, Jacky Cheung, Richard Clayderman, just to name a few.

Transfered back to RTM kuching 2016 as the head of Music Department in RTM Sarawak,  Kuching. 



古晋上音音乐学院负责人,为砂州专业笛箫吹管老师。师从新加坡彭天祥老师及中国丁怀成老师。并且问学于中国上海音乐学院著名笛子演奏家陆春龄教授及詹永明教授。除此之外笛子也曾请益新加坡郑顺利老师及陈庆伦老师,中国赵云生老师,马来西亚陈海朋,林修通等等老师学习。唢呐和管子曾请益于中国靳世义老师,马来西亚黄鸿昌老师。乐团指挥的知识方面曾请益新加坡郑朝吉博士及马来西亚叶凌老师。2013年考获中国上海音乐学院(Shanghai Music Conservatory grade 10 certificate with merit)第十级优等文凭。

中学时期参与一中华乐团(CHMS NO.1 Chinese Orchestra)学习笛子,毕业后参与古晋东方民乐团(Kuching Oriental Orchestra)当笛子、唢呐乐手及教练兼乐团指挥。

2003起任职于古晋上音音乐学院(Shangyin Music Centre Sdn Bhd),期间教过多位笛子学生,他们也考获8910级的特优(Distinction)的成绩。


2006年及2013年受邀雨林音乐节(Rain Forest World Music Festival)演出。2013年参于婆罗洲音乐展(Borneo Music Expo)演出。2012年底应邀参于中国上海如皋所主办的长沙三角洲音乐节(China’s National Folk Music Festival in Ruguo City, Shanghai)演出。


During primary and secondary school, Yap Ning took violin and piano lessons from various music teachers including Mr. Marcus Leong, Mrs. Chan Hui Ling, Ms. Florence Jee, from both brother Yap Ling and sister Yap Yen.

He joined the Sarawak Symphony Orchestra during school years in Kuching as 1st and 2nd violin violinist under the baton of conductor Mr. Marcus Leong.

He made a fair amount of large and small performances and concerts during the years in Sarawak Symphony Orchestra where most of the musical experiences was gained and exposed to.

He obtained diploma on violin from Trinity College and joined the Panggau Libau String group with few other great musicians in Kuching before pursuing graduate study in IT field.During the early working years in Penang, he had joined the Georgetown Chamber Orchestra under the leadership and conductor Mr. Lai Kong Loke.


Eldest daughter of Yap Ling, Yap Qin is 18 Year old and she is co- concertmasters of the Jesselton Philharmonic Orchestra (JPO), former concertmasters of the Kian Kok Strings Orchestra (KKSO), the Kian Kok Youth Orchestra (KKYO) and the Permata Seni Muzik (PSM). She also plays the harp and the piano.

She has performed for many events include festivals, launchings, opening ceremonies, performance at the Prime Minister’s Residence and concerts abroad.  She is a member of the Prelude String Quartet, D’Arte Duo and D’Arte Ensemble.

Besides singing in the church choir, she is also an avid ballerina. Performances have taken her to many countries including Kazakhstan, Germany, Taiwan, China, Philippines and Hong Kong beside many places in Malaysia.

She has attended masterclasses conducted by Prof. Aturo T. Molina, Prof. Alexander Souptel Jose Luis Sales, Foo Say Ming, Mustafa Fuzer Nawi, Dimitri Atanassov, Mayya Musaeva, Gina Medina, Prof. Koh Gabriel Kameda, Prof. Kevin Lefohn, Kim Min Hee, Prof. Mathias Boegner, Amin Azman Tamin, Brian Larson, ROMER Quartet (Kitty Cheung & Eric Yip)  and T'ang String Quartet (Ng Yu-Ying). She also attended piano masterclasses by Loo Bang Hean, Raphael Lustchevsky and Chee Su-yen.

She has performed many times in Hong Kong with the Music for Our Young Foundation (MOY), involving in helping in their Outreach Program and playing the Butterfly Concerto with them. Recent performances include The Bach B Minor Mass Concert Tour of Sarawak and the University Sains Malaysia's concert - Musical Fantasy 'Unforgettable Symphonies' where she solo the Lalo's  Symphonie Espagnole.


The son of Yap Ling, 16 years old Yap Yi has performed alongside his sister on the cello for launchings, opening ceremonies, performance at the Prime Minister’s Residence and concerts abroad. He is also the cello section leader for Jesselton Philharmonic Orchestra (JPO), the Kian Kok Strings Orchestra (KKSO), the Kian Kok Youth Orchestra (KKYO) and the Permata Seni Muzik (PSM).  He is a member of the Prelude String Quartet D’Arte Duo and D’Arte Ensemble.

He has performed in many countries including Kazakhstan, Germany, Philippines, Taiwan, China and Hong Kong beside many places in Malaysia.

Yap Yi has attended masterclasses conducted by Wang Yan, Halina Ostojska – Rubczak, Nazran Nawi, Robert Choi, Jonathan Oh, Feign Lee, Suga Lee, Amin Azman Tamin and ROMER Quartet (Kitty Cheung & Eric Yip).   He has also attended piano masterclasses conducted by Loo Bang Hean, Raphael Lustchevsky and Carol Yu.

Besides playing the cello, he is also passionate about art where 4 of his works were featured in the New Talent Exhibition 2015 at the Sabah Art Gallery for 3 months.

He has performed many times in Hong Kong with the Music for Our Young Foundation (MOY) and involved in helping in their Outreach Program. Not given to inactivity, he had just done The Bach B Minor Mass Concert Tour of Sarawak and the University Sains Malaysia's concert - Musical Fantasy 'Unforgettable Symphonies' 

Eugene Clifford Roland Suboh 
(Special guest performer)

He is a Professional musician, music, arranger, music programmer and composer who works at RTM Kuching Sarawak. His primary instruments are Piano and Synthesizer

He has been a musician for more than 28 years. Started off with learning the violin and trumpet but finally found glued to the piano. Started learning the piano at age 8 with my mother and classically trained with three piano teachers ( Grade 4 – 5: Simon Sim, Grade 6 – 8: Madam Yap Chiew Phin, Piano Performance Diploma: Madam Geraldine Law (At IMH). 

After Secondary school, he started to gain experience with KPSU and played for many private functions (Pop, Rock and jazz mainstream) with many music bands. In 1995, he pursued to Berklee College Of Music to study Contemporary Writing & Production, and Film Scoring. After 4 and a half hard years in the United States, he finally came back home to Kuching by the end of 1999. 

In 2000, he left for KL to work with many musicians like Greg Lyons, Luis Pragasam, Hanafie Imam, and many famous musicians. He Has played in many Jazz Festivals at Mount Kiara and the most memorable gig that he ever had was the first Philips Jazz Festival in 2002. At the same period, he has done many musical performances in no black tie, the Marriot hotel and many other places. His personal favorite show was when they did a tribute to Sheila Majid in ICOM, 2002. The best part was when she sang her two songs which Eugene re-arranged ( Sinaran & Memori) and played for her. 

Eugene Latest highlight with his Westjazz band was in Miri Jazz Festival performing a lot of Funk Electric with a variety of ethnic mixture. He is currently still building strong as a musician and based himself in his hometown so he could contribute to help improve the music industry in Kuching, Sarawak.

Thursday, March 01, 2012

Jesselton Trio Debut Concert on 29 February 2012

Yap Ling (Violin/Viola), Grace Lee Sui Lin (Piano) & Howard Ng Su Chee (Oboe)

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