Tan Joon Chin

Tan Joon Chin is a homegrown musician who joined SCO since 1997. A recipient of the Zubir Said Scholarship in 1994, she pursued professional-level studies at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing under the tutelage of Kuang Yu Zhong and Li Guang Hua. 

She was the first prize winner of the Pipa Senior Category in the inaugural National Music Competition (NCMC) organised by the National Arts Council in 1980, and won the first prize in the Pipa Open Category of the same competition 3 years later. In 1991, she was awarded the second prize in the Pipa Open Category at the NCMC. 

As a member of the Keat Hong Chinese Orchestra from young, she has been involved in its numerous major performances in Singapore, and was a member of its Plucked Strings Ensemble that won the Ensemble Category and Best Performer Award for 4 consecutive editions of the NCMC from 1987. 

She has been a People’s Association Cultural Activity Instructor since 1987, and has attended workshops at the Young Musicians Society organised by the Ministry of Education, teachers’ workshops for pipa graded examinations, and basic and advanced conducting courses offered by the Central Conservatory of Music and the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. 

She is currently a plucked-strings instructor for Nan Hua High School, Chua Chu Kang Secondary School, Manjusri Secondary School, Singapore Polytechnic and Pioneer Primary School.