Shian Li was born on the 13th of May and she is the oldest of the three Chiams. She is in charge of chord arranging, adjusting the songs they produce, things to do with words, marketing and strategy for the group.
She was born in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei and has lived most of her life there. She is currently in the third year of her music degree in Piano Performance at the Schulich School of Music at Mcgill University, Montreal in Canada. Shian Li is predominately an English speaker however, she can understand and communicate in French, Chinese and Malay if the occasion rises. Shian Li began learning music at a very young age. She underwent her mother's music appreciation course: Expression Music Genius/Fun (EMG & EMF) which enabled her to acquire perfect pitch and grasp music fundamentals as a toddler. She strives to make musical theory concepts more accessible and understandable for everyone. Shian Li also loves to be stylish. She enjoys planning her outfits which makes her the most into fashion in their family.
“You must Live to be Outstanding”
Born into the Expression Music family, Shian Li has been making music since the age of 3 and competing in music festivals around the world since the age of 7. At the age of 8, she obtained a Grade 8 (with Distinction) in both Piano and Violin and eventually achieved a Distinction in Piano in the Trinity (UK) ATCL Diploma Exam. To date, she has amassed a total of 71 prestigious awards and performed internationally in Canada, USA, Bulgaria, Hungary, Italy, London, Qatar, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and The Philippines.
Some highlights from young include:
2nd Prize at the 4th Hong Kong International Festival in 2017
1st Prize Gold Combo Band at the 23rd KK Music Society in 2016
1st Prize Combo Band Regional Trinity UK Pop & Soul Contest in 2015
the Jr Grand Champion Instrumentalist of the World (WCOPA) in 2014
1st Place String Ensemble, Malaysian Youth Orchestra Festival (MYOF) in 2013
1st Prize at the 1st Steinwey Competition in Brunei in 2012
1st Prize JIS Idol Showcase, Brunei
She was also invited to perform at launches such as:
DIO Navi Tooth Implant in 2016
Volvo Trucks in 2016
The Royal Brunei Airlines Dreamliner in 2013
Mazda 6 in 2013
Mercedes Benz’s A Class Sport Car in 2013
Over the years, Shian Li had the privilege to study with renowned maestros/professors at many different Piano Festivals such as Amalfi Music Fest, Italy 2017; Perugia Music Fest, Italy 2014; Adam Gyorgy Castle Academy in Hungary 2013,2020; OMWPA in Yehudi Menuhin, UK 2012.
Shian Li is now in her 3rd Year Bachelor of Music, Piano Performance Program at the Schulich School of Music, Montreal Canada and is currently studying under Dr. Ilya Poletaev.
Shian Li's Instagram account is @shianlichiam where she posts pieces of her personal thoughts and life events. Shian Li also has a perfectionist type of personality. She will make sure everything she does is to utmost perfection before saying she has finished.
Her favourite colour is blue and purple
She loves reading books and listening to podcasts
She enjoys exercising and doing workouts
She loves listening to Electronic Jazz as well as Classical music
She likes being organised
She doesn't like to do last minute planning.