Born in Kuala Lumpur, Carolyn was offered a full graduate assistantship from Miami University, Ohio to pursue a Masters in Piano Performance and successfully graduated in 2011. She also holds the LRSM and FTCL performance diplomas with distinction, as well as a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Newcastle, Australia. In 2015, she became the first Malaysian to be awarded the FRSM in piano performance with a distinction.
Having won awards and prizes locally and internationally, she has performed both as a soloist and a collaborative pianist in music festivals, recitals and competitions in the USA, Taiwan, Korea, Macau, Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia. As a soloist, she appeared in the KL Piano Gala 2013 and performed the Saint-Saens 4th Piano Concerto with the Penang Philharmonic in the same year. In 2014, she premiered works of two Malaysian composers at the KL Piano Gala Concert and appeared in a duet concert in Kuala Lumpur. Subsequently, she was invited again to be part of the KL Piano Gala yearly and recently in March 2018, she performed again at the Piano Gala 2018. She was featured as a concerto soloist in 2017 with the Selangor Philharmonic Orchestra (SPO) and the Penang Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO) respectively. She was also invited to perform chamber works at the JB Classical Music Festival recently in July.
Carolyn has given masterclasses locally and abroad. She teaches at UCSI University and Universiti Putra Malaysia, and is the Music Consultant of LS Music Sdn. Bhd. (Yamaha), where she conducts Teachers Training and Advancement Programs.
Apart from teaching, she is also a well sought-after adjudicator. She has been invited to be part of the panel of jurors for the UCSI International Competition 2014, 2016 and subsequently 2018. She also adjudicated for the Malaysian Youth Music Festival 2016 as well as the 15th Hong Kong (Asia Pacific) Piano Competition 2016. In 2017, she was invited to adjudicate the KK Music Festival as well as the Borneo Performing Arts Festival.