Semra was born in Penang, Malaysia and commenced violin lessons aged 3 with her mother, Hooi Tong Lee. She gained her Bachelor of Music degree at the WA Conservatorium of Music, studying with Pal Eder. Semra also holds a Postgraduate Diploma from the Sweelinck Conservatorium, Amsterdam, studying with Istvan Parkanyi.
She undertook string quartet studies with the Halcyon String Quartet at the Australian National Academy of Music and at the Banff Centre for the Arts, Canada. Tutors included Hatto Beyerle, the Arditti Quartet and David Takeno.
In 2000, Semra won a position with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra. She started in a tutti position with WASO in 2003 and was appointed Associate Principal 2nd Violin in 2004. In 2009, she won the Assistant Concertmaster job and in 2014, she was the Acting Associate Concertmaster. Semra is a founding member of the Darlington Piano Trio, the core ensemble for Darlington Concerts.
The trio commissioned James Ledger’s Inscriptions and recorded Roger Smalley’s piano trio for UWA’s centenary celebrations “Luminosity” CD. She also features regularly in the Fremantle Arts Centre’s Soft Soft Loud series. Semra’s versatility as a performer has seen her record Troy Roberts’ jazz/string quartet “Xenden Suite”, back Tex Perkins and Tim Rogers at the Big Day Out and feature as a soloist with WASO. In addition, she is a lecturer in violin at UWA and is an AMEB examiner.