MAK Su Yin holds a B.A. in English literature and Music from the University of Toronto, an M.A. in Musicology from Queens College, City University of New York, and a double Ph.D. in Musicology and Music Theory from the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester. Her teaching and scholarship have ranged across a diverse set of interests, including Schenkerian analysis, Formenlehre, text-music relations, musical hermeneutics, and the interactions between analysis and performance. Primarily known as a Schubert scholar, her articles on the composer have appeared in the Journal of Musicology, Eighteenth-Century Music, and monographs by various academic presses. In 2008, MAK received the Emerging Scholar Award from the Society for Music Theory for her article 'Schubert's Sonata Form and the Poetics of the Lyric.' Her book, Schubert's Lyricism Reconsidered: Structure, Design and Rhetoric, was published by Lambert Academic Press in Germany in 2010.
Outside academia, MAK is an active promoter of classical music to the public and was an Artist Associate of the Hong Kong Sinfonietta in the 2014/2015 concert season. She enjoys a secondary career as a writer, and has published poetry and literary translations in both English and Chinese. She also frequently collaborates with composers on opera libretti and texts for vocal setting.