“Jo’s command of data on music education shines through as we talk, and her ability to cut through noise from larger musical institutions with data partly explains the national recognition the Olympias Music Foundation are beginning to gain"
― Sampler Magazine, 2020
Jo Yee is a British pianist, music educator and researcher based in vibrant Manchester. Jo began playing the piano at the age of 6, later attending Sheffield Music Academy where she studied with Russian-Ukrainian pianist, Valentina Kalashnik. During this time, Jo was awarded the Winifred Liverside Prize and achieved DipABRSM in piano performance, as well holding the position of senior organ scholar at St Marks, Broomhill.
From 2011-14, Jo read Music at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, where she was awarded the Charles Larkum Prize (2011 and 2013), taking lessons with Prof. Niel Immelman at the Royal College of Music in London. In 2014, Jo she undertook an MMus in Solo Piano Performance and Advanced PGDip in Piano Performance at the RNCM under the tutelage of Richard Ormrod, supported by a scholarship. Jo is currently in her final year of a fully-funded PhD in Music Education and Music Psychology at the RNCM, where she is investigating the role of parental support in children's metacognition during musical learning.
A large portion of Jo's time is taken up with private piano teaching, where she works with a studio of up to 20 pupils, as well as overseeing the day-to-day running of the Olympias Music Foundation, a multi-award-winning charity which aims to increase access to music in deprived areas of Manchester and encourage community integration through music.