- Karen, since the age of six, embarked on her journey with the cello under the guidance of Mr. Liu Yan, a cellist from the China National Symphony Orchestra, laying a solid foundation for her musical endeavors. With a dual background in UBC’s music and psychology departments, Karen brings a unique perspective to her musical career.
- Educated within the British system, Karen excelled in the GCSE and A-level music courses. In 2011, she made history by becoming the first student in Beijing to participate in and successfully pass the cello Grade 8 examination conducted by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM).
- For six years, Karen served as the principal cellist of the Beijing Harrow International School Orchestra. During this time, she actively participated in ensemble and solo performances at significant events hosted by various embassies. She also showcased her talent in performances for prominent figures such as Guan Xia, former headed of the China National Symphony Orchestra, Prince Andrew of the United Kingdom, and Yao Ming.
- In her six years of teaching, Karen guided her students to successfully join the orchestras of key primary and secondary schools in Beijing, laying a solid musical foundation for their future. In 2020, she co-founded the Beijing Starting Point Cello Ensemble with her mentor, assuming the role of the head teacher. The orchestra swiftly gained support within the Chinese cello community and thrived through close collaboration with notable figures such as Zhang Bingbing, a member of the China Broadcasting Film Symphony Orchestra, and cellists Zhao Xuyang, Zhang Yingying, and Yang Di.
- In the same year, the Beijing Starting Point Cello Ensemble was invited to participate in CCTV television program recordings, and they clinched the gold awards at the 8th Melbourne International Music Competition and the 16th China- Singapore International Music Competition, showcasing the orchestra’s outstanding performances on the international stage.