Sue Yang is the founder of FMMA, and is herself a musician, music educator, curriculum developer, and a parent. After 20 years of teaching, she has established a creative and unique bilingual music program that utilizes art, sensory play and eurhythmics to immerse children in the fundamental of music without resorting to the formal rigidity of the traditional music lesson.
Before FMMA was founded, she was the bilingual music teacher and curriculum developer at International school of the Peninsula (Palo Alto), where she taught students ranging from nursery school toddlers fifth grade students. She has also led children’s choir, keyboard, and violin classes at the Redwood city school district after school program, and has been teaching private music lessons at her home based studio and at other music schools around the Bay Area.
Prior to her relocation to the US, she gained her unique teaching style and extensive leadership experience from the Taiwan national branch of the the YAMAHA music education system where she served as the master vocal teacher (coaching teachers from all local branches), music course recording artist, as well as national branch performer and instructor.
Her musical talent was shown from early childhood. She had her first violin performance at the Tokyo Dome at the age of 9. She was also a signed Recording Artist with Rock Records of Taiwan. In 1997, she had the privilege of being chosen as the Featured Performer at Gianni Versace's 1997 line debut gala in Sydney & Brisbane, Australia. She won First Place at The Treasury Casino Voice Competition, an event jointly planned by the Australian Central Government - all while getting her bachelor of music degree in Australia.
She had also been chosen as the featured performer at numerous business world conference for associations such as the Rotary Club, the Lions, and the Wolrd Taiwanese American Chamber of Commerce.
In her spare time, she produces live events and private concerts for corporate clients. She has produced events and concerts for Acer Inc. and Asus Inc. for their respective year-end celebrations.
PIANO & IMPROV
Yamaha 3 級講師
MASTER IN MUSIC
PIANO | DANCE ACCOMPANIST
Ms. Tina Yen started to learn piano at age of 4. Graduated from NATIONAL CHIAO TUNG UNIVERSITY with master of music degree in Taiwan. She has been teaching piano privately while being a professional dance accompanist. She was the featured dance accompanist of Cloud Gate 2 (Cloud Gate Dance Theater), BALLET & MODERN DANCE department at TAIPEI NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS, UNIVERSITY OF TAIPEI, TAIPEI MUNICIPAL ZHONG ZHENG SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL, and CURRENTLY at TAICHUNG MUNICIPAL WEN HUA SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL.
“A crowd-pleasing performance” hailed by the New York Concert Review,
Dr. I-Wen Wang made concert appearances in the renowned Shanghai Spring International Chamber Music Festival and Hunan International Music Festival in China, the Rutgers International Pianists Gala and Unknown Diabelli Project in Carnegie Hall.
She received professional training from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University and Rutgers University. In addition, she received the renowned Yefim Bronfman Piano Scholarships to study at Ben Gurion University of Negev in Israel (2013).
Her primary teachers including Tai-Cheng Chen, Benjamin Pasternack, Boris Slutsky, Vladimir Valjarević, and Daniel Epstein.
I-Wen won numerous awards, including top prizes at the Svirél International Music Competition in Slovenia (2018), Il V ° Concorso Internazionale di Roma, organizzato dall’Associazione Culturale Melos in Italy (2018), and the North International Music Competition in Sweden (2017); first prize at the International Internet Music Competition in Bosnia and Herzegovina (2017), the Classical Viennese Festival of Seattle International Piano Competition (2017), Chamber Music Honors Competition at Rutgers (2016 and 2018), and the Round Top Institute Festival Chamber Music Competition (2013). I-Wen served as one the piano faculty members at the extension division of Rutgers University (2016-2019), she was a guest lecturer at University of California - Santa Cruz (2015, 2021) and Shanghai University in China (2018).
Wei-Yang Andy Lin, is recognized as one of the most promising and the only active performers who specialized in both western and eastern instruments. Praised by The Strad “The great Molto adagio…..elicited some of the night’s most sensitive work, especially from Wei-Yang Andy Lin on viola.” and New York Times “Taiwanese-born violist Wei-Yang Andy Lin..…is also a virtuoso on the erhu, and he gave a brilliant performance.” Andy came to the U.S. in 1997 to attend the Idyllwild Arts Academy and holds his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The Juilliard School with full scholarship, and received his Doctor’s degree in Musical Arts from SUNY Stony Brook also with fullscholarship. Andy has won numerous competitions including Taiwan National Viola Competition, the Idyllwild Concerto Competition, First Prize in the 2008 Juilliard Viola Concerto Competition and subsequently made his Lincoln Center solo debut at the Avery Fisher Hall (now David Geffen Hall) with the Juilliard Orchestra. He has also appeared as soloist with orchestras such as Yonkers Philharmonic Orchestra, Orford Academy Orchestra, Incheon Philharmonic, New York Classical Players, and Children’s Orchestra Society. In addition to his solo career, Andy is an avid chamber musician and is a founding member of the award winning string quartet, the Amphion String Quartet. The quartet was a winner of the 2011 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition and was on the roster of the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society CMS2 Program from 2013~2016. Andy is also a member of the Musicians of Lenox Hill and serves as principal violist of the New York Classical Players and the Solisti Ensemble. He has been invited to perform chamber music with Itzhak Perlman where The New York Times described “Mr. Perlman, playing first violin..… answered in kind by the violist Wei-Yang Andy Lin.” In addition to his accomplishments as a classical musician, he is also an active erhu player. He has recorded film music for a number of movies and short films, including “The Blood Brothers” and the award winning short film “Daughters” (Best Original Score at NYU Tisch Film Festival). He has performed the erhu solo part at the U.S. Premiere of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ “Kommilitonen!” with the Juilliard Opera Production, as well as the world premiere of Jeeyoung Kim’s “Engraft” for solo erhu and string orchestra with Solisti Ensemble at Carnegie Hall. He also premiered Winnie Lan-In Yang’s “Fantasy for Erhu and Strings” with the New York Classical Players. He has recently performed an erhu concerto “Wild Grass” by Wenjing Guo with the Juilliard Orchestra at its Focus! Festival final concert at Alice Tully Hall at the Lincoln Center in which it was featured on the New York Times, this also made him the only person in the Juilliard history who performed concertos with the Juilliard Orchestra on both western and eastern instruments.