SINGAPORE- Singaporean violinist Siow Lee-Chin is playing her first hometown performance since she recovered from a horrific road accident.
She will be appearing at the Bard College And Soochow University 2013 Asia Tour - Inaugural Singapore Concert at the Esplanade Recital Studio tonight.
The 46-year-old was driving to Atlanta, Georgia, to present a lecture at the American Strings Teachers Association National Conference on March 21 last year when a massive 18-wheeler truck slammed into her car before speeding away from the scene of the accident.
The concert violinist and professor of violin at the Soochow University School of Music says in an e-mail interview: "When I was helped out of the car, the paramedics told me not to move my arm as the bone was sticking out. But the adrenaline was going so fast, I didn't even feel the pain."
In addition to a broken left arm - the arm she uses to hold her violin - she also sustained bruises on her face.
She says that the mental agony was worse than her physical injuries. "For someone who has performed since seven or eight, to break the arm that holds my violin was traumatic. Playing the violin is not just my career, but it is also my life and passion, and I was nearly deprived of it."
But thanks to medical treatment and physical therapy, she returned to the stage eight months after the hit-and-run with a concert in America.
Her journey to recovery was a gruelling one which took a lot of hard work and determination. "In the beginning, simple things that I had taken for granted, such as taking a shower, putting on shoes and just lifting my arm, were a struggle, let alone playing the violin," she says.