Chau-Yee is a musician and a psychotherapist. She is passionate about engaging others through music, and in mobilising its power to raise awareness of well-being and social causes. As Founder of Sympathetic Resonance she takes great delight in collaborating with creative professionals from extensive fields to bring music to life.
As a musician, she is an alumna of the Royal Academy of Music in London where, as a harpsichord player, she was awarded the Harold Samuel Bach Prize, as well as other awards for her solo and ensemble playing. She is strongly committed to both Baroque and modern music for the harpsichord, enjoys working with composers, and has commissioned and given first performances of works by Bayan Northcott, David Harvey, Rob Keeley, Nicholas O’Neill and Silvina Milstein. Milstein’s work, a thousand golden bells in the breeze, was first performed at the Edinburgh Fringe. A new work is now in progress, written for her by Francis Pott.
As a psychotherapist, she was trained at the Tavistock Clinic in London. A practitioner with a background in music, Chau-Yee actively engages in crossover dialogue between emotional health and the arts, which has also led her to become interested in charitable work, which began some years ago when she was involved in a concert for The Council for Music in Hospitals at St John’s Smith Square, sharing the stage with the Academy’s Sinfonia, and with percussionist Evelyn Glennie. More recently, with soprano Emma Kirkby she organised and took part in a concert Dreams Wisdom Innocence to raise funds for Maytree, a London-based charity which helps people in suicidal crisis.
She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Chau-Yee plays on a double-manual French harpsichord after Jean-Claude Goujon (1749). Built by British maker Andrew Garlick, this instrument was commissioned by Dame Margaret Booth. The specifications of the instrument are: FF-f3 chromatic, 2 x 8' + 1 x 4', shove coupler, buff to lower 8'.