Commencing piano lessons with her mother at the age of five, May received a Licentiate Diploma of Music at thirteen. For fifteen years, May appeared with her mother, composer and pianist Val Gavin, in the 2-piano team Duo Gavin. Together they made numerous recordings and performed over 100 recitals. May also played the violin, playing professionally for dozens of shows in Melbourne. She still has a strong interest in music theatre, and enjoys coaching singers.
May has worked as an accompanist both here and overseas and has also been Music Director for many productions. She toured as the principal accompanist for The Three Chinese Tenors and also as the Music Director for the national tour of The Merry Widow. May and her husband, tenor Raymond Khong have performed extensively in Australia, and have released two recordings on the Move label. May and her brother, internationally acclaimed tenor Julian Gavin have recently released a recording of music composed by her mother Val, on the Tall Poppies label. She currently works as a regular accompanist for the Melbourne Women’s Choir and has released a recording with them My Song in the Night.
May has a busy performance schedule, both as an accompanist and occasionally as a soloist. Recently she performed Gershwin’s Concerto in F with the Ballarat Symphony Orchestra, and has been invited back to perform Carnival of the Animals later this year. She is Head of Keyboard at Donvale Christian College and loves the challenges and rewards of teaching.
May is married and has four noisy, artistic and extremely messy children. When she is not busy with family or music, she enjoys long bushwalks, accompanied by her enormous Great Dane, gardening and sewing.