Bena learned the Erhu when she first joined her primary school Chinese Orchestra at the age of 10. She undertook the role of the vice president as well as student conductor in her high school Chinese Orchestra, which won the Gold with Honours award at the 2007 Singapore Youth Festival. She also obtained a Grade 6 certification at the National University of Singapore (NUS) Chinese Instrumental Examination. Since her graduation from high school, she has been performing with NUS Chinese Orchestra at their annual concerts as well as various performances. Her interest in opera music sparked off from recent engagements with the Singapore Hainan Society. Bena is currently a PhD student in Biomedical Engineering at NUS.