Karen Yeo studied at the Royal College of Music (London) and the Royal Northern College of Music (Manchester) UK. At the Royal College she won the Eugene Cruft Prize for best first year double-bass student and obtained ARCM with honours. She went to the Royal Northern College of Music primarily to study with Duncan McTier. Other teachers include Rodney Slatford for chamber music, Mike Calder for orchestra studies and masterclass with Franco Petracchi. Since her return to Singapore she has been teaching and performing chamber music besides performing with the SSO. She swims and is an avid baker and cook.