Sylvia Khoo is a highly sought-after educator with more than 50 years of experience teaching the violin in Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, and the USA. She received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Violin Performance from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, under the tutelage of renowned Suzuki pedagogue John Kendall. She was awarded the SIUE Excellence Award in Suzuki Teaching (Violin). She also obtained a Diploma in Education from the National Institute of Education, Singapore. She was previously a member of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, and taught music at Raffles Girls’ School (Secondary) for 30 years, where she was a pioneer of the Music Elective Programme. She is on the faculty at the Intermountain Suzuki Strings Institute in Utah (USA), a position she has held by invitation since 1985. She has also conducted masterclasses in Australia, China, Philippines, and the USA.
Currently based in Singapore, Sylvia’s studio comprises of local and international students from countries including Thailand, Philippines, Taiwan, China, Japan, Australia, France, and the USA. Her students consistently achieve high distinctions in the ABRSM and Trinity graded and diploma examinations, garner top prizes at local and international competitions including the National Piano and Violin Competition, and have gone on to further their studies overseas at conservatories such as the Curtis Institute of Music, The Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, Peabody Institute of the John Hopkins University, Eastman School of Music, Mannes School of Music, Berklee College of Music, Northwestern Bienen School of Music and Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music.