Elise is a piano teacher and accompanist based in central Auckland. She graduated with a BMus (Hon) with First Class Honours and a Masters in performance research from the University of Auckland. Elise majored in Classical Performance and studied under the tutelage of Dr Rae de Lisle. During her study, she was awarded the Janetta McStay Prize for Pianists, Anna Nathan Prize in Early Keyboard Music, Llewelyn Jones Prize for Pianist and a First in Course Award.
As a collaborative pianist, Elise has worked with various singers, instrumentalists, and school choir. Her university chamber music groups, Mezzona Quartet and H&E Duo were finalists of the Auckland Chamber Music Society Contest in consecutive years. Notably in 2019, Elise has performed in collaboration at Carnegie Hall in New York, USA.
Elise values ongoing professional development and has attended performance masterclasses and pedagogical seminars, including the Wallace International Piano Festival 2018 in Auckland and the International Maestro Piano Festival held in Taipei (2019 & 2020). She has been taught in masterclasses given by acclaimed pianists such as Robert Levin, Michael Houstoun, Douglas Humphreys, Ilana Vered, Michael Tsalka, Yoshikazu Nagai, Rolf-Peter Wille, Artemis Yen, Alvaro Teixeira Lopes, and Yaron Kolhberg.
Elise aspires to foster students’ imagination and healthy playing techniques. She finds teaching to be an incredibly stimulating and rewarding experience, tailoring the lesson activities to help students learn effectively and grow as a musician. Her students frequently achieve great success in examinations and local competitions. Originally from Taiwan, Elise is a fluent speaker of Mandarin and English.