Dr Joanne Yeoh obtained a First Class Honours in her Degree from the University of Middlesex, United Kingdom in 1998, majoring in both piano and violin. Upon completing her degree course, she was awarded a Luther and Ernest Gaunt Scholarship for Strings to study at the University of Leeds. During her study there, she was also chosen to receive a Foreign and Commonwealth Office Scholarship, in association with British Council and the University of Leeds to pursue a Masters in Music Performance (MMUS) degree. In 2009, Joanne completed her PhD studies with Heriot Watt University, United Kingdom, with a focus on music and consumer behaviour.
While studying in the United Kingdom, she had the privilege to participate in several seminars and masterclasses held by prominent musicians. In the summer of 1998, she participated in the Aberswyth Music Festival in Wales, the celebrated Edinburgh Summer Festival and the Aberdeen Music Festival in Scotland. She was also given the opportunity to play an active role with the Sorrel Quartet during the Leeds Annual Music Festival 1999.
Since returning to Malaysia in 2000, Joanne was selected to participate in the prestigious Asian Youth Orchestra, travelling to Vietnam, Japan, Australia, Korea and Hong Kong. In 2002, Joanne had the performed alongside Hong Kong superstar Jacky Cheung in his Music Odyssey Tour 2002/03 covering over 40 concerts around the world. The following year, Joanne was selected to perform with Taiwanese heart-throb David Tao in his Soul Power Tour 2003. In 2008, Joanne was invited yet again to play with another Hong Kong superstar, Alan Tam. Her musical performances are much sought after by many corporate and international industries, among them Sony, Panasonic, Omega, Tag Hauer, Mircosoft, HP, Blackberry, Audi, BMW, Ferrari, Volkswagen, Mercedes Benz, ESPN and British American Tobacco. Joanne has since launched 2 albums, Pulse of the Metropolis in 2005 and After A Dream in 2013.
Among the awards Joanne has received include the Honouree for The Outstanding Young Malaysian Award 2004 for the category of Personal Improvement and Accomplishment, Martell’s Rising Personality Award 2008, UPM’s Vice Chancellor Fellowship Award 2011 for the category of Arts and Creativity, and the National Academic Award 2012 for the category of Arts and Creativity. Her outstanding accomplishments have been selected to be included in Marquis Who’s Who in the World 2012 & 2013 editions and in Malaysia Book of Records 2012. Her album, After A Dream won Gold in the recent Global Music Awards 2014 and more recently, she was awarded the Golden Phoenix Award 2014 for the category of Cultural Achievement. Joanne is also on the panel of examiners for the esteemed Trinity College London, examining music students in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and the Asian continent since 2005. Presently, she lectures at the Music Department of Universiti Putra Malaysia.