Elaine started music lessons on the piano at the age of six. She took up the oboe at 14. She joined the Singapore Youth Orchestra and in 1987 went for further studies at the University of Manchester and the Royal Northern College of Music (UK). She joined the SSO in 1992 and is now Associate Principal Cor Anglais cum Second Oboe. Her teachers include Robin Canter, Hugh McKenna and Peter Graeme. Elaine enjoys outdoor activities. Her leisure pursuits include running, swimming, scuba-diving and more recently, badminton.