Ms Lynnette SEAH began her formal music training on the piano with her mother when she was five and started the violin a year later with Goh Soon Tioe, and later with Alphonso Anthony. She won scholarships including one to the National Music Camp at Interlochen, Michigan, in the United States, when she was twelve. It was there that she was awarded the Outstanding Young Musicians Award for being the youngest member of the World Youth Orchestra. At the Australia National Music Camp in Adelaide, she was appointed as Associate Leader of the Bishop Symphony Orchestra, at the age of fifteen. That same year, she represented Singapore in the Southeast Asian Violin Competition, and won a scholarship to study at the Hannover Hochschule for Music in Germany the following year. She has worked with renowned violin teachers including David Mankowitz, Friedrich von Hausegger, Karel Sneberger, Yfrah Neaman and Dorothy DeLay.
Lynnette was the acting Leader at the inception of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) in January 1979, and is currently its Co-Concertmaster. As a soloist, she has performed with the SSO and several orchestras in Europe including Josef Suk’s Fantasie with the Zurich Symphony Orchestra in the Tonhalle Zurich, the Mozart Violin Concerto in G major with the Orebro Chamber Orchestra in Sweden, and the Sibelius Violin Concerto, with Ralf Sjobel and the Teplice Symphony Orchestra, in Czechoslovakia.
In 1995, she was invited to perform at the Bergen International Music Festival in Norway where she gave a recital. In 1996, she represented Singapore in the World Philharmonic Orchestra in Bangkok, Thailand for the King’s 50th Anniversary of his ascension, under the baton of Myung Whun Chung. In 2006, Lynnette gave the world premier of Bernard Tan’s Violin Concerto at the SSO 27th Anniversary Concert. In 2007, she was the Guest Leader for the Macau Symphony for their China Tour. Lynnette is also the founder and leader of the Jade Quartet which has performed in Shanghai and Hangzhou (in 2000), and for many visiting Heads of State at the Istana for the President and Prime Minister of Singapore.
In 2006, Lynnette was awarded the Cultural Medallion – Singapore’s highest arts award, by President S R Nathan. In March 2014, she was honoured with the Singapore Women’s Hall of Fame Award, by the Singapore Council of Women’s Organizations. In 2009, her album ‘A Musical Odyssey’ was released. Lynnette performs on her own violin; a 1750 Gabrielli of Firenze, Italy.
Our school is honoured to have Lynnette, on our distinguished panel of advisors; sharing her expertise in violin instruction with us here at Melody Strings Art Center.