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SC Arts Commission 2012 Music Performance Fellow

Lee-Chin Siow


Lee-Chin Siow is director of strings and professor of violin at the College of Charleston. She studied violin performance at Curtis Institute of Music, Mannes College of Music and Oberlin Conservatory of Music. In 1994, she won gold medals in the Henryk Szeryng International Violin Competition and the Louise D. McMahon International Music Competition for Strings.

She has performed in 20 countries on five continents, from Carnegie Hall to Japan’s Osaka Symphony Hall, and has performed on numerous national and international television and radio broadcasts. Music critics have used such words as “flawless” and “spellbinding” to describe her performances.Siow’s CD, “Songs My Father Taught Me,” topped HMV’s classical music charts and was picked for Fanfare Magazine’s 2009 Want List.


A Singapore native, Siow remains active with the arts in her home country, winning the National Arts Council’s Young Artist Award in 1996 and representing Singapore in the Embassy Series Concerts in 2001. Recently, she was the featured soloist with the China Radio-Film Symphony Orchestra in a concert celebrating the 20th anniversary of diplomatic relations between China and Singapore. In 2006, Siow co-founded and currently co-directs the Charleston Music Fest, a chamber series that brings in world-class musicians throughout the year.