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Lee-Chin Siow

Associate Professor, Violin/Director of Strings

Address: Cato Center, Room 211
Phone: 843.953.5195
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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 has performed to critical acclaim in over 20 countries on five continents, from Carnegie Hall to Osaka Symphony Hall.

Gold medal winner of the 1994 Henryk Szeryng International Violin Competition, Lee-Chin was recently awarded the 2012 Fellowship in Music Performance by South Carolina’s Arts Commission in recognition of exceptional artistic excellence. Her collaborations with renowned orchestras include Royal Philharmonic and Daniele Gatti, Houston Symphony and Andreas Delfs, Dallas Symphony and Eduardo Mata, Malaysian Philharmonic and Kees Bakels, Singapore Symphony and Lan Shui. Committed to charitable work, she has soloed in the Royal Philharmonic’s Gala Night to benefit Elton John’s AIDS Foundation. Her performances have been broadcast on CBS, National Public Radio, Voice of America, MediaCorp, and to an estimated 100 million viewers on China Central TV.

Lee-Chin’s CD Songs My Father Taught Me topped HMV’s classical charts and was picked for Fanfare Magazine’s Want List: “This is artistry of the highest level.”  Gracing performances at Lincoln Center, Vienna KonzertHaus, Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Hall, Hongkong City Hall, Beijing Concert Hall, Royal Albert Hall, she also performed in Canada’s Banff Music Festival, Lucerne’s International Music Festival, Germany’s Ludwigsburger International Music Festival, to Mexico’s Cervantino Festival, Brazil’s VIRTUOSI Festival, and Ukraine’s International Contemporary Music Festival.

A native of Singapore, Lee-Chin retains close ties with home while establishing an illustrious career as international soloist and educator. Winner of the Singapore Youth Award for the Arts and the National Arts Council’s Young Artist Award, she recently returned on sabbatical as visiting artist at Yong Siew Toh Conservatory, National University of Singapore.

Passionate about teaching, Lee-Chin has taught at Oberlin Conservatory and was the featured soloist with Oberlin Orchestra’s 2011 Asia Tour. She has given masterclasses from Beijing’s Central Conservatory of Music, Lisbon Academy of Music, Chicago Institute of Music, to University of Chile. An active speaker and clinician, 2012 engagements include presentations at the American String Teachers Association National Conference and Singapore’s Ministry of Education. In addition to her commitment at College of Charleston as Associate Professor of Violin and Director of Strings, Lee-Chin devotes her energy also to co-directing Charleston Music Fest, which she co-founded. Her students have won top prizes in the MTNA Competitions and soloed with the Charleston Symphony.

Lee-Chin began studying violin with her father, Siow Hee-Shun, and is the first Singaporean admitted to the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music. Also an alumna of Oberlin and Mannes, her teachers include Roland and Almita Vamos, Felix Galimir, Jascha Brodsky and Aaron Rosand.

Courses Taught

MUSC 296 - Repertory Class: Violin
MUSC 355
- Chamber Music
MUSP 223
- Applied Music: Violin
MUSP 423
- Applied Music: Violin