Praised by The Cleveland Plain Dealer, “Here was a lark that ascended with utmost grace and sang in the loveliest of voices” and critically-acclaimed in The London Times, “Lee-Chin...teased out the glitter of Sarasate's Carmen Fantasy with aplomb,” Lee-Chin has performed to critical acclaim throughout the world, from Carnegie Hall to the Osaka Symphony Hall, Japan. Since winning the Gold Medal at the 1994 Henryk Szeryng International Violin Competition and the 1994 Louise D. McMahon International Music Competition for Strings, Lee-Chin has performed in over 20 countries on five continents.
With appearances in the music capitals of Europe, Australasia and the Americas, Lee-Chin has enjoyed successful artistic collaborations with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and Lan Shui, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Daniele Gatti, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra and Kees Bakels, Dallas Symphony and the late Eduardo Mata, Houston Symphony and Andreas Delfs. In 2006, Lee-Chin premiered renowned American composer Samuel Barber’s Violin Concerto with the national symphony orchestras of the Ukraine in Kiev and Lviv. Recent and upcoming engagements include the Erfurt Philharmonic Orchestra, the Syracuse Symphony, the Charleston Symphony, the Jena Philharmonic Orchestra, United Philharmonic Orchestra of Vienna, the Avignon Symphony Orchestra, the Auckland Symphony, and the national symphony orchestras of Chile, Mexico and Portugal. Active in charitable work, Lee-Chin has performed in a gala concert, which included Montserrat Caballé, Andrea Bocelli and Sir Simon Rattle, with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London to benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
Lee-Chin has been a guest at some of the world’s most prestigious concert venues including Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center, Vienna KonzertHaus, Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Hall, the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Canada, Hong Kong City Hall, the Royal Albert Hall in London and Singapore’s Esplanade Concert Hall. Solo appearances at international music festivals include the Banff Music Festival, Lucerne International Music Festival, Ludwigsburger International Music Festival (Germany), Cervantino Festival (Mexico), International Contemporary Music Festival “Contrasts” (Ukraine), VIRTUOSI Festival, Recife (Brazil), and the Singapore Arts Festival. Her live performances have been broadcast on the Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS Sunday Morning), National Public Radio, Singapore Broadcasting Corporation and on the Voice of America.
A proud Singaporean, Lee-Chin has retained close ties with home while successfully establishing an illustrious international career as a concert violinist and educator. In 1994, she was conferred the Singapore Youth Award for Excellence in the Arts by the Prime Minister, and was honored with the National Arts Council’s Young Artist Award in 1996. Most recently, in the fall of 2008, she was on sabbatical as a visiting artist at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music at the National University of Singapore.
Passionate and committed to teaching, Lee-Chin has served on the faculty of the Oberlin Conservatory, given masterclasses and outreach programs all over the world including the National University of Singapore, the Lisbon Academy of Music, the Chicago Institute of Music, the University of Maryland, Ohio University and Spoleto Study Abroad (Italy), among many others. Currently, Lee-Chin is the Director of Strings and Professor of Violin at the College of Charleston, South Carolina and co-founder and artistic co-director of the Charleston Music Fest. Her private students have won the South Carolina Music Teachers State competitions and soloed with the Charleston Symphony.
Lee-Chin began her violin studies under her father, Siow Hee-Shun. An alumni of the Curtis Institute of Music, the Mannes College of Music, and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, her teachers included Roland and Almita Vamos, Felix Galimir, Jascha Brodsky and Aaron Rosand.