President Dr. Kuei Pin Yeo

Dr. Kuei Pin Yeo, Indonesia's first Doctor of Music in piano performance, is a pianist who has concertized extensively in America as well as in the Far East. She has appeared as a recitalist, soloist with orchestras, as well as chamber musician in various ensemble groups. Drawing high praises with her concert performances, The New York Times, on the occasion of her Carnegie Recital Hall debut in 1978, hailed her as "both [a] polished technician and responsive musician," and praised her for her "elegantly detailed [and] immaculate, musically direct interpretation." Other critics have mentioned her as "[a] fantastic pianist!" for "[having] handled the virtuosi complexity with a magnificent beauty and deep sensitivity."

Born in Jakarta, Indonesia, Dr. Yeo was awarded a full scholarship from Manhattan School of Music, New York where she received her Bachelor of Music (1976), Master of Music (1978), Master of Music Education (1979), and Doctor of Musical Arts (1981) degrees and became the first Indonesian to receive a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance. Dr. Yeo was a grantee of the John D. Rockefeller 3rd Fund/Asian Cultural Council and the Helena Rubinstein Foundation for many years. She has received, among others, the prestigious Harold Bauer Award, prizes in numerous international piano competitions, one of which enabled her to study at the Mozarteum, Salzburg. Dr. Yeo is listed in the International Women Who's Who, Asian Who's Who, Prominent Indonesian Chinese, and many others for her distinguished accomplishments. She also received a Master of Business Administration degree from IEU with highest distinction.

Dr. Yeo is the founder and director of the Yayasan Musik Jakarta Music School (founded in 1983) and subsequently in 1985, Camerata di Musica Jakarta, a chamber music society with a mission to heighten classical music appreciation through performances by professional musicians throughout Indonesia. Under Yayasan Musik Jakarta, Dr. Yeo established Sekolah Musik Jakarta (SMJ) (The Jakarta Music School), a pioneer institution in classical music education in Indonesia, training students from as early as age three; Sekolah Menengah Kejuruan Musik - Yayasan Musik Jakarta (SMKM-YMJ) (YMJ High School of Music), a formal education institution at the secondary level providing music education for students between grades ten through twelve; and Sekolah Tinggi Internasional Konservatori Musik Indonesia (STIKMI) (The International Music Conservatory of Indonesia), the first tertiary music conservatory in Indonesia to provide college-level music conservatory training to equip and prime young musicians towards a performing career. Today, Yayasan Musik Jakarta, under the leadership of Dr. Yeo, continually strives to breed innovative ideas to further promote and nurture the education and appreciation of classical music across Indonesia.

In 2003, Dr. Yeo was appointed as Music Director of Indonesia's Youth Orchestra and Choir, Gita Bahana Nusantara. In the following year, she initiated the founding of a national orchestra, Orkes Simfoni Nasional Indonesia (the National Symphony Orchestra of Indonesia) to provide a platform for young musicians to produce a quality orchestra and to be a national pride.

Today, Dr. Yeo serves as President of Sekolah Tinggi Internasional Konservatori Musik Indonesia (STIKMI) (The International Music Conservatory of Indonesia) and leads an active concert pianist and teaching career, giving regular masterclasses and lecture recitals as well as serving as juror in international competitions around the world. In early 2014, the Indonesian Hakka Museum recognized Dr. Yeo as a prominent pianist and contributing figure to the field of music, art, and culture of Indonesia and dedicated her story as part of their permanent collection. Dr. Yeo's playing can be heard on CD.

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