Sharon Lai was born in Singapore and studied piano through the Suzuki Method and the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM). She went on to obtain her B.Sc. in Business Administration magna cum laude from Boston University, M.Sc. in Finance from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and MBA siviløkonom accreditation with Norges Handelshøyskole (NHH).
After more than 20 years of working in corporate finance and project management, Sharon took up the study of Suzuki piano pedagogy and obtained her Suzuki Piano Teacher credentials in 2013 from the European Suzuki Association (ESA). She is currently continuing her professional training with Jenny Macmillan in Cambridge. She trained with Dorothy Jones and Patricia Rüttimann through the British Suzuki Institute (BSI) and is an accredited Suzuki Early Childhood Education teacher. She is currently working together with other SECE teachers to develop a Norwegian curriculum for SECE in Norway. She also trained with Michiko Yurko and Akiko Takahashi, and is a certified Music Mind Games (MMG) teacher and Teacher Presenter.
She celebrates every child’s learning and achievement, and truly believes that the gift of music is of utmost importance to children’s happiness. It forms a foundation from which they can grow into sensible, fine adults with beautiful hearts. Whatever they choose to become as adults, she hopes this shared love of music remains a part of their lives.
Sharon is a Suzuki parent to three children who have been learning to play Suzuki violin since the age of 3 years. She is the Director of Oslo Suzuki Piano (formerly known as Sharons Suzuki Pianoskole). She is a board member of the Norsk Suzukiforbund (NSF) and a teacher member of the ESA and Musikkpedagogene Oslo (MPO).
When Sharon is not occupied by piano engagements or organising workshops, she is busy devising puzzles, designing games, and facilitating team building sessions as a Game Master at AdventureRooms Oslo.