ABOUT THE ARTIST
Praised by the American Record Guide as “a distinguished cultural asset of international stature”, and The Strad as a “trailblazing role model for string players,” Lee-Chin Siow’s Gold Medal victory at the 1994 Henryk Szeryng International Violin Competition launched her career as one of Singapore’s first soloists on the classical stage, wowing audiences in more than 20 countries across five continents from Carnegie Hall to Osaka Symphony Hall. Her performances been viewed by millions on China Central TV, America’s CBS, National Public Radio, and Singapore’s MediaCorp.
Lauded by USA’s Fanfare Magazine for her ability to “seduce listeners…with just a few notes”, Lee-Chin touches audiences with her charismatic stage presence in intimate recitals as well as the grandest of stages. As soloist, she has collaborated with renowned conductors and orchestras from the Royal Philharmonic and Danielle Gatti to the Houston Symphony and Andreas Delfs; and performed in the presence of celebrities and dignitaries from Elton John to former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. In June 2015, she took centrestage performing at the South East Asian Games Opening Ceremony for an audience of more than 50,000 and reaching many more through web broadcasts.
Beginning her violin studies with her late father Siow Hee Shun, Lee-Chin traces her musical lineage all the way back to the legends of Eugène Ysaÿe, Henri Vieuxtemps and Henryk Wieniawkski through their disciples and her teachers at Curtis, Oberlin and Mannes: Aaron Rosand, Jascha Brodsky, Felix Galimir, Almita and Roland Vamos. Today, she continues their pedagogical tradition in her work with young people all over the world from Beijing’s Central Conservatory of Music, Chicago Institute of Music, to the Singapore National Youth Orchestra and as violin professor at College of Charleston. Equally proud of her Asian origins, Lee-Chin bridges the East and West, personalising familiar favourites with Asian motifs and introducing the music of Asian composers to the West. Recently, she performed the world premiere of “Air”, a piece specially written for her by acclaimed composer Yao Chen, to open Singapore’s Golden Jubilee celebrations in the 2015 City of London Festival.
Lee-Chin’s CD Songs My Father Taught Me topped HMV’s classical music charts in 2009 and was picked for Fanfare Magazine’s Want List. In 2015, Singapore Press Holdings published her memoirs From Clementi to Carnegie – The Journey of Singaporean Violinist Siow Lee Chin.