Shih-Shih: My parents have always loved music, so I was brought up in a musical environment in which they would play music in different genres to me on a cassette player. My pitch awareness developed rapidly in this environment, and I would always quickly pick up songs that were played to me. My parents saw this talent in me, so they encouraged me to take up the piano at the age of 4. Prior to going to primary school, I auditioned for a place at a school that had one music specialist class in each grade. Luckily, I got in, and took up my second instrument, the cello, at the age of 6. In primary school, I joined the school choir and orchestra, and performed lead roles in the school musical and ballet productions. After graduating from primary school, I was sent to the Purcell School for Young Musicians in the U.K., which is a prestigious specialist music school aimed at training young musicians. I went on to study for a B.A. in Music Performance at the University of Bristol, where I also pursued a master's degree in Composition of Music for Film and Television.