Assistant Professor Ysan Suit Yin

Assistant Professor Ysan Suit Yin

Head of Programme, Classical Music

Academic Qualifications

MMus Piano Performance
FRSM in Teaching
LRSM in Teaching
LTCL in Teaching
ATCL in Teaching


Assistant Professor Ysan Suit Yin is currently the Head of the Classical Music Degree at Institute of Music (IMus), UCSI University in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She is a very dedicated teacher and has been actively teaching since 1986. Her teaching passion has brought her students of different age groups from 4 to 82 at all levels. All her university students have either successfully moved on to music career or to pursue their music studies in overseas.

Suit Yin academic achievements are mainly in teaching, ATCL (Teaching), LTCL (Teaching), LRSM (Teaching) and she was one of the first in South East Asia to be awarded the Fellowship of the Royal Schools of Music (FRSM) in teaching by the Royal School of Music.

While living in London, Suit Yin studied with Professor Vanessa Latarche (Head of Keyboard at the Royal College of Music), Professor Dr. Colin Kingsley, Dennis Lee and Toh Chee Hung. She received an exemption from a Bachelor Degree in Music, hence a place was offered and accepted in London College of Music (LCM) with partial bursary for a Master Degree in Performance under the guidance of the Professor of Piano, Andrew Zolinsky. Her teachers also include Simon Rigby, Philip Mead and Dr. Anna McCready.

During her academic year in LCM, Suit Yin was awarded a scholarship to the Dartington International Summer School.

Having residing in London for 10 years, Suit Yin was a member of Kingston and District Chamber Music Society (KDCMS) in London and played regularly with the other members from the society between 2004 and 2012.

Suit Yin was chosen to be one of the participants in a ‘Project Concert’ (music written between 1920 and 1940) which was highly recommended by her piano teacher, Professor Zolinksy who is a distinctive international pianist in ‘classical contemporary’ music. She was also one of the finalists in John Ireland Piano Competition in 2009.

Suit Yin is frequently invited to be the adjudicator in the UCSI International Piano Festival and Competition in 2014, 2016 and 2018. She was also invited to adjudicate the Asia International Piano Competition in 2015, and periodically adjudicate Piano Competition in High Schools. Recently she was invited by the International Music Society from Jakarta, Indonesia to judge a piano competition and presented a piano masterclass.


Areas of interest

  • Piano Teaching
  • Piano Pedagogy
  • Principles of Teaching
  • Music Theory
  • National and International Collaboration