March 2021

Music for royalty: Study UK Alumni Awards success

Dr Joanne Yeoh (MMus Performance 1999) has been awarded the Professional Achievement Award in the British Council Study UK Alumni Awards in Malaysia.

The British Council award, which celebrates outstanding alumni around the world, is in recognition of Joanne's impressive career as an accomplished violinist. It comes just a week after the recent success of Hifza Rasheed (PhD 2018) in the same category in Pakistan.

Amongst her achievements, Joanne has performed for all the serving prime ministers of Malaysia since 2000. She also performed at the royal coronation of the Sultan of Kedah in 2019 and at the World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland in 2015.

“My exposure to British education has allowed me to step up and step out to explore and stretch my limits,” Joanne said. “I owe my success and achievements to the solid education I received as a student studying in the UK."

Dr Joanne is currently an associate professor in music at the Universiti Putra Malaysia, whilst also working as an accredited examiner for Trinity College London examination board.

The award follows a number of previous successes, including the National Academic Award 2012; the Golden Phoenix Award 2014; the Brand Laureate Grand Master Brand ICON Leadership Award 2017; and the McMillan Woods Global Icon Award 2019 – but this one is a little different, as Joanne explained: “This represents a win for all musicians and artists for whom it is difficult to gain some kind of acknowledgement for their endeavours – it is rare for a musician to win any award which isn’t music related. Therefore, I’m so grateful for the recognition.”

Joanne’s success coincides with the release of her third album, ‘Life, interrupted’, which launched in February 2021. Alumni can listen here.

Alumni can find out how to enter the Study UK Alumni Awards here.