DR ABIGAIL SIN
Singaporean pianist Abigail Sin has appeared in concert halls across the globe, including Wigmore Hall, Salle Cortot and various venues in the USA, UK, Canada, France, Germany, Lithuania, Ukraine, Romania, Hong Kong and South-East Asia. She has performed with many orchestras such as the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Philippines Philharmonic Orchestra, Armenian State Philharmonic Orchestra, Dnepropetrovsk Phiharmonic Orchestra, Kaunas Symphony Orchestra and the London Soloists Chamber Orchestra. Abigail’s performances have been broadcast over national television and radio stations in Romania, Hong Kong, USA and Singapore. In 2009, Steinway and Sons selected Abigail to become South-East Asia’s first Young Steinway Artist.
Abigail has won a significant number of top prizes at international piano competitions. In 2015, Abigail won the 1st prize at the Norah Sande Award and was selected for the Park Lane Group’s Diamond Jubilee concert season in the UK. Other recent accolades include 3rd Prize, the Audience Prize and the Students’ Prize at the Lagny-sur-Marne International Piano Competition in France, the Guildhall School’s Romantic Piano Prize and The McCallum Prize for a pianist of promise at the Royal Over-Seas League Annual Music Competition.
Abigail was twice selected to participate in the prestigious Verbier Festival Academy in Switzerland. She has also attended Yellow Barn Music Festival, Four Seasons Winter Workshop, IMS Prussia Cove, the Banff Centre Piano Masterclass and l’Academie Musicale de Villecroze. Abigail has performed in the master classes of eminent musicians such as Leon Fleisher, Menahem Pressler and Murray Perahia. She has also coached with and performed the music of composers including Thomas Adès, Jörg Widmann and Brett Dean.
A keen chamber musician, Abigail was awarded the Guildhall School’s Ivan Sutton Chamber Music Award and was a finalist in the St Martin’s-in-the-Fields chamber music competition and the Royal Academy of Music’s Patrons Award. Committed to developing the classical music scene in Singapore, Abigail, together with violinist Loh Jun Hong, is the co-founder of More Than Music, a chamber music concert series which has won critical acclaim for its candid, interactive presentation of classical music.
Abigail completed her undergraduate studies with Prof Thomas Hecht at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, National University of Singapore, winning the Lee Kuan Yew Gold Medal as the top student of the cohort. In 2012, she was awarded a Masters degree with distinction from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she studied with Joan Havill. Abigail then returned to the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music and obtained a Graduate Diploma. During her studies, she worked as a music history and humanities teaching assistant at the National University of Singapore.
A recipient of the 2014 Lee Kuan Yew Scholarship, Abigail is currently completing a PhD under the supervision of Prof Christopher Elton and Dr Briony Cox-Williams at the Royal Academy of Music in London. During her doctoral studies, she gave presentations at symposiums in the UK, Spain, Finland and Singapore. She was the research assistant for 'Elder on Music: Sir Mark Elder in conversation with Professor Raymond Holden' (Royal Academy of Music Press London, forthcoming, 2018).