Musicians in the mainstream pop arena in Singapore are well spoken for. But did you know that in the realm of classical music, one young Singaporean has been making massive moves internationally. Recently, 11-year-old violinist Chloe Chuawon the prestigious Menuhin Competition held in Geneva this year. This allowed her to clinch the spot of guest soloist for the performance with the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Russia, which was held on September 12 at the University Cultural Centre.
It goes without saying that this success has not come easy. Talent may be the raw material here but harnessing it into something tangible and impactful has taken years of hard work. From the time she was four, when she was admitted into the Gifted Young Violinists course at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA), School of Young Talents (SYT), her trajectory has been an upward one. Since 2012, she has been under the tutelage of SYT String Programme Leader Mr Yin Ke. With her talents and hard work, she was awarded opportunities to participate in masterclasses and music festivals such as the New Virtuosi Queenswoods Mastercourse held in UK, and also Singapore Violin Festivals.
In the time since, she has gone on to win numerous accolades, such as the Singapore Biennial National Piano and Violin Competition Junior Category 3rd Prize (2015), Thailand 4th International Strings Competition, Junior Category Grand Winner (2016) and the Junior Category 1st Prize in the 24th Andrea Postacchini International Violin Competition, held in Italy 2017, 2nd Zhuhai International Mozart Competition for Young Musicians Violin Group A 3rd Prize (2017), Singapore Biennial National Piano and Violin Competition Junior Category 1st Prize (2017).
Be on the lookout for Chloe Chua and celebrate her ascent loudly.
Watch a recent performance of Chloe’s below.