Wednesday, 27 January 2010

ABIGAIL SIN named Young Steinway Artist

17-year-old Singaporean pianist Abigail Sin has been named a Young Steinway Artist. A final-year student at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory, she is only one of 13 Young Steinway Artists in the world, and the first in Southeast Asia. At a celebration reception at Robert Piano (Millenia Walk), she thanked her teachers and supporters over the years who have helped shape her young musical career. She now joins the ranks of Rachmaninov, Horowitz, Rubinstein, Schnabel, Fleisher and her teacher Thomas Hecht as an exclusive Steinway artist.

In a short recital, she performed Five Préludes from Chopin's Op.28 set and the ferociously thorny Sonata by Charles Griffes. Combining a natural virtuosity with the gift of tonal shadings encompassing a wide variety of shades and nuances, she made every note her own. Abigail is destined to be one of the brightest stars in the musical firmament.
Thomas Hecht presents Abigail with
a gift from Tiffany & Co, and it isn't a ring!

Abigail's teacher at the conservatory Thomas Hecht paid a tribute to her, citing the attributes she so bounteously possesses that make up her name:
Love of music

Allow me to add three more to the acronym that makes up her surname:
Sincerity / Style
Never say never

Go and conquer the world! We're all so proud of you, Abigail!
Abigail with her proud father Lye Kuen.

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