SINGAPORE - Singapore piano prodigy Abigail Sin is on her way to pursuing a doctorate, with help from a prestigious scholarship.
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According to a statement released by the Public Service Commission Secretariat, Miss Sin is one of the four recipients of this year's Lee Kuan Yew Scholarship. The others are Mr Kwa Chin Soon, Miss Charlene Chang E-Ching, COL Goh Si Hou.
The Lee Kuan Yew Scholarship was set up in 1991 by the Tanjong Pagar Citizens' Consultative Committee with funding from the public, to commemorate the contributions made by Mr Lee Kuan Yew to Singapore.
Applicants for the Lee Kuan Yew Scholarship must be Singapore citizens and have an outstanding track record of leadership and service within or beyond their profession. Lee Kuan Yew Scholarship holders can pursue postgraduate studies overseas or locally in various fields to develop their potential as leaders. There is no restriction on the course of study. The scholarship holders are expected to actively contribute towards the betterment of Singapore, Singaporeans and the community.
Miss Abigail Sin Si Ern enrolled in the Bachelor of Music programme in Piano Performance at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music (YSTCM) at the National University of Singapore (NUS) at the age of 14 and graduated at the age of 18 in 2010. She obtained a Master of Performance with Distinction from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London in 2012.
After completing her Master's degree, Miss Sin returned to YSTCM on the Graduate Diploma programme, and worked as a teaching assistant in music history and humanities at YSTCM and the College of Alice and Peter Tan, NUS.
Miss Sin has won numerous awards at international piano competitions. Recent accolades include the Third 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. She was also the first musician in South East Asia to be named a Young Steinway Artist.
Miss Sin has been featured as a concerto soloist with orchestras in the USA, Europe and Asia. She recently collaborated with the Kids' Philharmonic @ SG for their concert at the Esplanade Recital Studio. She is the co-founder for the 'More Than Music' concert series, which aims to introduce new audiences to classical music with interactive and innovative presentation styles. She was also involved in several ChildAid charity performances since its inaugural concert in 2005.
Miss Sin will pursue a PhD in Performance Practice at the Royal Academy of Music in the United Kingdom.