Summer 2011

Summer 2011 was a thoroughly enjoyable and fulfilling musical adventure.

In July, I was invited to perform at the Tnjre international festival of young musicians in the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic. Besides solo repertoire and chamber music, I performed the Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra in Stepanakert and at the Aram Khatchaturian Concert Hall in Yerevan. It was fascinating to experience such a different culture and to meet so many different people. I had a fantastic time with the other young musicians, winging it with the guys on the streets of Yerevan, epic bus rides through the Karabakh mountains, lots of sugary treats and all kinds of daily hilarity!

In August, I attended the Oxford Philomusica International Piano Festival and Academy where I performed in the masterclasses of Menahem Pressler, Christopher Elton and Stephen Kovacevich. I also spent ten days working with Dominique Merlet at L'Academie Musicale de Villecroze in the south of France - a true musicians' paradise! I was very inspired by these valuable encounters and I am sure that what I learnt over the summer will continue to "simmer" during the months to come.

On 21 September, I made my debut in Edinburgh in a recital presented by the Royal Over-Seas League. On 2 October, I am performing Saint-Saen's Carnival of the Animals with Lim Yan and the Singapore Symphony Orchestra in a special tribute concert to former President S.R. Nathan at the Esplanade Concert Hall. The performance will be broadcast on national TV in Singapore on 8 October on Okto channel.

This year will be my second year of the Masters programme at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. There is so much to look forward to!

September 2011

 

 
Abigail Sin graduates from Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, attends Verbier Festival Academy and furthers her studies in London.

Abigail completed the Bachelor of Music program at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, National University of Singapore in June 2010 on a high note.

  • She graduated with First Class Honours
  • She is the top student of the graduating class, winning the prestigious LEE KUAN YEW GOLD MEDAL

Abigail is honoured to one of the 8 pianists selected from around the world to participate in the 2010 Verbier Festival Academy. This will be Abigail's second summer at the Verbier Festival Academy, having received the honour previously in 2007.

In September 2010, Abigail will commence her postgraduate studies with Professor Joan Havill at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.

 

 
ABIGAIL PERFORMED AT MANILA CONCERT CELEBRATING 40TH YEARS OF SINGAPORE - PHILIPPINES DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS
Abigail was honoured to be part of the concert at the Cultural Centre of the Philippines, Manila on 21 November 2009 celebrating 40th years of Singapore - Philippines Diplomatic Relations. Abigail performed Liszt Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Philippines Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Herminigildo Ranera.
 

 
THE PRESIDENT'S COMMAND PERFORMANCE
Abigail was invited to perform at Singapore's Inaugural President's Command Performance at the Esplanade Theatre on 5 April 2009, featuring 11 Singaporeans who, in the words of President Nathan, "have put Singapore on the world map through their achievements." The performance was recorded and broadcasted in its entirety on national TV on 19 April 2009.
 

 
ABIGAIL SIN PERFORMS WITH THE SINGAPORE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Abigail's concert outing this summer will include her performance with the SINGAPORE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA at the Esplanade Concert Hall on 19 August 2008. She will be performing Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 2 under the baton of Maestro Lim Yau.
 

 
BACK IN SINGAPORE
After four months at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore, USA, for a student exchange program, Abigail has returned to Singapore and is once again immersed in the busy performing schedule at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music. She continues to study with Dr, Thomas Hecht and looks forward to an exciting 2008.
 

 
ABIGAIL SIN WINS VIARDO INTERNATIONAL PIANO COMPETITION
Photo by Zoe Peng
Abigail Sin , 15, does Singapore proud once again as she continues her winning streak at international competitions by clinching the First Prize in the under 17 category of the Viardo International Piano Competition held in Dallas, Texas, USA from 14 to 16 September 2007. Currently Abigail Sin is on exchange at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore where her teacher Thomas Hecht, Head of Piano Studies at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory, is taking part in a semester-long faculty exchange programme.
 

 
Abigail was awarded a full scholarship to have the rare honor and privilege of private lessons with the legendary Earl Wild in the US in 2007. The insight into musical excellence learnt from sitting at the feet of the renowned pianist was truly invaluable.
Abigail makes her debut at the annual Singapore Arts Festival on 23 June 2007 at the Esplanade Concert Hall. She will perform Rodin Schederin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Singapore Festival Orchestra. Tickets are available at SISTIC.
 

 

PIANO RECITAL IN SINGAPORE & HONG KONG

Fresh from the remarkable success of her 7-concert European tour this summer, internationally acclaimed concert pianist ABIGAIL SIN will enchant both Hong Kong and Singapore in October 2006 with music by Haydn, Liszt, Schumann, Debussy, Ginastera and Ho Chee Kong. For more details please refer to Coming Events.

 

 

ABIGAIL SIN BEGINS EUROPEAN TOUR OF 7 CONCERTS

Abigail Sin begins her European tour of 7 concerts in May 2006, starting at Hamburg, Germany, which will bring her to various European cities rich in the tradition of piano performance.

Her concert tour involves four solo piano recitals and three concerto performances. The section of her concert tour involving the series of concerts in Ukraine is the result of Abigail winning the first prize at the Individualis International Music Competition in 2005. Since 2004, Abigail has enjoyed seven consecutive success in international piano competitions, resulting in a plethora of top prizes won in Asia, the United States and Europe.

 

 

ABIGAIL SIN - SUCCESS IN UKRAINE

Abigail Sin continues her prize winning blaze in international piano competitions by winning Second Prize at the prestigious 8th Krainev International Competition for Young Pianists ( Kharkov, Ukraine) from 19 to 29 March.

The biennial Krainev Competition is widely recognized as one of the major piano competitions for young pianists. The Kharkov event is demanding, involving two rounds of solo repertoire and a final concerto round with orchestra.

 

 

ABIGAIL SIN WINS HONOURS FOR SINGAPORE IN USA SCHIMMEL PIANO COMPETITION

Abigail Sin has again done Singapore proud by winning second prize at the 1st Schimmel Junior International Piano Competition held at the Arizona State University (ASU) from 9 to 15 January.

 

 

GALA CONCERT AT NEVADA CITY, CALIFORNIA

Abigail Sin and American pianist Pauline Yang, 18, performed a joint piano recital at Nevada City, California on 18 January 2006. The recital was a gala fund raising concert presented by the Gold Country Piano Institute.

 

 

ABIGAIL SIN wins First Prize in Spain

Abigail Sin made an impressive debut in European piano competitions by winning the FIRST Prize (Young Pianist section for contestants aged 16 years and under) in the 17th IBIZA International Piano Competition held at the Cultural Centre of San Carlos, Ibiza, Spain from 29 August to 4 September 2005. The competition is held every two years at Ibiza under the patronage of H.R.H. Princess Irene of Greece.

 

 

ABIGAIL SIN WINS BEST PERFORMER AT INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL

Abigail Sin was awarded the special prize of distinction by the Rotary Club of Kaunas, Lithuania as one of the most brilliant performers among 28 young (12-16 years old) international prize winners at the 14th International Festival of Young Musicians KAUNAS 2005 in Lithuania on 3 April 2005.

Abigail performed Shostakovichs Concerto No. 2 for Piano & Orchestra with the Kaunas Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Pavel Berman at the Closing concert of the Festival, which was well received and brought the full house audience comprising foreign dignitaries (Ambassadors of Japan, Switzerland and Germany) top Lithuanian government officials and musicians to a prolonged standing ovation.

 

 
2005 started on a high note as I won the first prize in the Junior Concerto section at the Virginia Waring International Piano Competition in California, USA. I am really overjoyed as this will give me the wonderful opportunity to make my USA debut later this year. I will be performing with the Lamont Symphony Orchestra in Denver on my birthday.

In the meantime, I am enjoying secondary one in Methodist Girls’ School and working on a whole new repertoire with Dr. Hecht.

 
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