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Abigail Sin Named the Region's First Young Steinway Artist
YEAR 2010
Since 2004 Singaporean pianist Abigail Sin has been studying under the direction of Steinway Artist Thomas Hecht, Professor & Head of Piano Studies at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music. Now an acclaimed pianist who has since won an unprecedented number of international piano competitions, Ms. Sin, 17, has just been named the region's first "Young Steinway Artist".

Launched in 2009 by Steinway & Sons to identify and support the aspirations of young pianists between the age of 16 and 35, the Young Steinway Artist programme invites rising stars like Ms. Sin to join the celebrated community of today's most accomplished pianists at an early point in their burgeoning careers. In keeping with Steinway's proud tradition of nurturing talent and promoting the art of piano playing, the Young Steinway Artist designation thus confers upon them the distinction of affiliation with the distinguished Steinway Artist roster and provides access to the many resources of the exclusive Steinway & Sons Concert & Artist Department as well as a global network of Steinway dealers.

There are currently a total of thirteen Young Steinway Artists from around the world, and Ms. Sin proudly takes her place in this celebrated company as the first such artist--and flag bearer for Singapore--in South East Asia.

Since her debut solo recital at the age of 9, Abigail Sin has appeared in concert across the globe, including major venues in London, Manchester, Hamburg, Bucharest, Kivrograd, Kaunas, Baltimore, Denver, Richmond, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong and Singapore. These performances included a seven-concert tour of Ukraine, Lithuania and Germany. Ms Sin's performances have also been recorded and broadcast over national radio and television in Romania, the United States, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Ms Sin has performed with various orchestras including the London Soloists Chamber Orchestra, Lamont Symphony Orchestra, Kaunas Symphony Orchestra, Dnipropetrovsk Philharmonic Orchestra, Singapore Festival Orchestra and Singapore Symphony Orchestra. She gave the Singapore premiere of Shchedrin's Piano Concerto No. 1 at the Singapore Arts Festival.

She was the youngest pianist selected to take part in the Verbier Festival and Academy. During the festival she studied with eminent artists such as Claude Frank, Emile Naoumoff and Gabor Takacs-Nagy, and gave numerous solo and chamber music performances.

Ms Sin has also attended the Banff Centre and the Bowdoin International Music Festival, Gold Country Piano Institute and the International Festival of Young Musicians in Lithuania. She has participated in master classes with Leon Fleisher, Emmanuel Ax, Earl Wild, Julian Martin, Yong Hi Moon, Jerome Lowenthal and Dmitri Alexeev.

Abigail won 1st prizes at the Viardo International Piano Competition (USA), the Virginia Waring (USA), Ibiza (Spain) and Independent Music Competition (Ukraine), as well as 2nd prizes at the Schimmel (USA), Krainev (Ukraine) and ASEAN Chopin (Malaysia) International Piano Competitions. In Europe she was awarded "Most Outstanding Performer" at the International Festival of Young Musicians (Lithuania). Earlier in her studies earlier in her career Ms. Sin was also awarded the prestigious HSBC Youth Excellence Award for Musical Excellence (Singapore).