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Straits Times Press launches "From Clementi to Carnegie - The Journey of Singaporean Violinist Siow Lee Chin"

Singapore, 31 July 2015 – Straits Times Press (STP), the book publishing arm of Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), today launched “From Clementi to Carnegie - The Journey of Singaporean Violinist Siow Lee Chin". 

The book launch was held at 10SCOTTS at the Grand Hyatt Singapore Hotel. It was attended by over 50 guests, including sponsors, family members and friends of Siow Lee Chin. These included Guest of Honour Mr Lee Yi Shyan, Senior Minister of State for the Ministry of Trade and Industry and Ministry of National Development; Kathy Lai, CEO, National Arts Council; Benson Puah, CEO, The Esplanade; Chong Siak Ching, CEO, National Gallery Singapore; Cultural Medallion winner Jeremy Monteiro as well as sporting legends swimmer Ang Peng Siong and athlete C Kunalan.  

In this 124-page book, "From Clementi to Carnegie" is the inspirational autobiography of Singaporean violinist Siow Lee Chin. The story of one of Singapore’s favourite daughters of classical music began at age 15 when  she become the first Singaporean talent spotted to study at America’s prestigious Curtis Institute of Music, which has produced musical giants like conductor Leonard Bernstein. Single-handedly, she carved a name as one of the most distinguished violinists of her generation, at a time when classical music was not the popular career choice in Singapore. This is the first time her autobiography has been published.  

The book provides rare glimpses of the odds she had to surmount to become Singapore's trailblazing violinist on the international stage, wowing audiences in more than 20 countries on five continents, and performing in New York's Carnegie Hall, London's Royal Albert Hall and Osaka's Symphony Hall.  She also shares how she overcame trials and tribulations along the way, including her triumph over cancer and a career-threatening car crash which broke both bones in her left arm - the arm that holds her violin.

The book also includes a 20-page photo section featuring her performances overseas and in Singapore, such as at the 1999 National Day Parade and the 2015 South-east Asia Games opening ceremony in Singapore, as well as moments from her private life.

Ms Susan Long, General Manager, Straits Times Press said:  "'Lee Chin gives gutsy, unvarnished insight to the long 'practice, practice, practice' road to becoming a concert violinist. It is an invigorating tale from a Singaporean of discipline, choices, choosing to travel the less-trodden route, sticking with it and overcoming obstacles."

“From Clementi to Carnegie - The Journey of Singaporean Violinist Siow Lee Chin” is available at leading bookstores at $20.00 (before GST). The book can also be ordered from the Straits Times Press Online Bookstore at:

There will also be a book-signing event where fans can meet Siow Lee Chin at the Kinokuniya outlet at Ngee Ann City on Saturday, 1 August at 4pm.


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About Straits Times Press (STP)

Straits Times Press is a publishing house with more than 100 years of combined international publishing experience as a team. The team has won international and regional prizes for excellence in editorial, design and publishing.

Straits Times Press publishes History, Biographies/Memoirs, Politics, Culture, Food and Lifestyle books. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Singapore Press Holdings Ltd.

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About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd

Incorporated in 1984, main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) is Asia’s leading media organisation, engaging minds and enriching lives across multiple languages and platforms.


The English/Malay/Tamil Media group comprises the print and digital operations of The Straits Times, The Business Times, The New Paper, Berita Harian and My Paper (English section). It also consists of Tamil Murasu Ltd, which publishes Tamil Murasu and tabla!; book publishing arm Straits Times Press; SPH Data Services, which licenses the use of the Straits Times Index, in partnership with the Singapore Exchange and FTSE Ltd; financial data company ShareInvestor; and the two English stations of SPH Radio - Kiss92 and ONE FM 91.3. 

The Chinese Media group publishes three Chinese newspapers - Lianhe Zaobao, Lianhe Wanbao and Shin Min Daily News; the digital editions of Lianhe Zaobao and Lianhe Wanbao, four student weeklies - zbCOMMA, Thumbs Up, Thumbs Up Junior and Thumbs Up Little Junior, ZbBz Newsgazine and My Paper (Chinese section). It also operates SPH Radio's Chinese radio station, UFM 100.3, and Focus Publishing, which produces a range of books and magazines including U-Weekly. 

SPH's other new media initiatives include AsiaOne, Stomp, and SPH Razor. 

SPH Magazines, SPH's wholly-owned subsidiary, publishes and produces more than 100 magazine titles and has various online sites, like and in Singapore and the region, covering a broad range of interests from lifestyle to information technology. It has also invested in digital newsstand Magzter.

SPH also provides out-of-home (OOH) advertising through its digital out-of-home platform SPHMBO.

SPH Buzz is a modern retail convenience chain with a network of stores around the island.

SPH has a 20 per cent stake in MediaCorp TV Holdings Pte Ltd, which operates free-to-air channels 5, 8 and U, and a 40 per cent stake in MediaCorp Press Limited, which publishes the free newspaper, Today.


SPH REIT is a Singapore-based REIT established to invest in a portfolio of income-producing real estate primarily for retail purposes. SPH REIT comprises Paragon, a premier upscale retail mall and medical suite/office property in Orchard Road and The Clementi Mall, a mid-market suburban mall in the centre of Clementi town.

The Seletar Mall, located in Sengkang, is SPH's latest retail development. This property is a potential asset to be injected into SPH REIT. SPH’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Times Development Pte Ltd, also developed a 43-storey upmarket residential condominium, Sky@eleven, at Thomson Road.

Other Businesses

Online Classified

SPH's online classified include ST701, the leading online marketplace for jobs (STJobs), property (STProperty), cars (STCars) and general classifieds (STClassifieds), sgCarmart and Streetsine.

SPH's regional joint venture online classified business has a number of leading online classified sites in the region.

Events and Exhibitions

Sphere Exhibits, Sphere Conferences, Exhibits Inc and Bizlink Exhibition Services organise innovative consumer and trade events and exhibitions as well as large scale conferences in Singapore and the region. 


SPH has a 22 per cent stake in preschool and enrichment provider MindChamps.

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