Acclaimed violinist and founding member of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Lynnette Seah is a recipient of the Cultural Medallion, the highest award for the arts in Singapore. She is the Co-Leader and a founding member of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO).
Lynnette embarked on her career as a violinist under the influence of her late mother Lau Biau Chin, one of Singapore’s first concert pianists. In an interview in 2009, Lynnette said of her mother: “She was the one who inspired me as well as instilled in me the discipline to practice every day.”
Lynnette’s mother started teaching her to play the piano when she was five, and the violin when she turned six. She went on to study with prominent teachers Goh Soon Tioe and Alphonso Anthony. By the age of nine, she had given her first violin performance with her mother at the old National Theatre.
At 12, she received a scholarship to the National Music Camp in the United States. Four years later, she represented Singapore in the South-east Asian Violin Competition and won a scholarship to study at the Hannover Hochschule for Music in Germany.
For two years, Lynnette studied the violin and survived on little as most of her scholarship money went to the payment of her rent and her violin. This was also the time that she discovered she wanted the violin to be part of her life. After returning to Singapore, she found herself too immersed in music to study.
In 1979, Lynnette joined the newly formed SSO as its acting leader. Here she began a career spanning over 30 years. In 1996, she represented Singapore in the World Philharmonic Orchestra as the Assistant Concertmaster, at a performance under the baton of Maestro Myung Whun Chung to mark the 50th Anniversary of the King of Thailand's ascension to the throne. Lynnette has also performed regularly with leading Asian orchestras as guest concertmaster.
Lynnette was awarded the Cultural Medallion for Music in 2006 by the then-President of Singapore, S R Nathan. She currently serves as the SSO's Co-Leader. An acclaimed musician, she is passionate about nurturing the next generation of musicians in the region.
"I would like the audience to have experienced the beauty of classical music - to have been soothed, enriched and relaxed by the music, that the music has brought their souls to another dimension – to heaven and back."