Born in Taiwan, Yiyi Ku grew up in New Zealand and obtained her Master of Music degree with Distinction in Piano Performance and Composition from the University of Canterbury. Yiyi also holds a Licentiate in Piano Performance from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. She is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music from Music Teachers National Association and National Guild of Piano Teachers.
Before moving to the United States in 2005, Yiyi taught extensively at Rangi Ruru Girls’ School and St Margarets College in Christchurch, New Zealand. While living on Long Island, she was on the piano faculty at East End Arts Council School of Arts in Riverhead, New York.
In 2009 Yiyi moved to California, and currently lives with her husband and two dogs in Murrieta. She is an active performer and collaborative pianist, and is a member of MTAC, CAPMT, MTNA, TVMTA, as well as the National Piano Guild. She has maintained a busy private studio for many years and enjoys teaching students of all ages and levels. Her students actively participate in recitals, music festivals and exams, and have been prize winners in many competitions, including Temecula Young Artist Piano Competition, Steinway Festival Competition, Inland Empire Piano Competition, Glendale Piano Competition, and Southern California Junior Bach Festival.
Yiyi is Principal Pianist at Inland Valley Symphony. She writes a monthly blog for Music Teachers Helper, a popular music studio management website, and has been invited to present at Music Teachers National Association 2014 Conference in Chicago and Music Teachers Association of California 2014 Convention in Los Angeles. Yiyi is also a reviewer for Alfred piano publications.