Nicolette Chin

Award: Postgraduate Award

Year: 2018

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: Harp

Location: Royal Academy of Music


Nicolette is one of the leading Singaporean harpists of her generation, having performed internationally and around the UK. An avid solo performer, she is twice runner-up of the Camac Harp Prize in London. During her studies at the RAM, where she has been the first Singaporean harpist to be awarded a place, she has been awarded the Skaila Kanga Harp Prize, the Guy Magrath Harp Prize, a "Very High Commendation for its Patrons Award, and was a finalist in its historic Club Prize.

Other recent notable achievements include being selected to perform in Hong Kong for the Focus on Youth concert series at the World Harp Congress, reaching the final of the 2018 Sir Karl Jenkins Award (in association with Classic FM) and winning the 2nd prize of the Asian Harp Chamber Competition (2016). 

In addition to solo playing, Nicolette enjoys work with opera groups, orchestras, choral societies as well as experimental, contemporary, and popular music ensembles. Orchestras she has performed with include the Singapore National Youth Orchestra, all the various Royal Academy orchestras (including its Symphony Orchestra) and the Saffron Opera Group, under reknowned conductors such as Semyon Bychkov, Oliver Knussen, Yan Pascal Tortelier and Christopher Warren-Green. 

Throughout her years of studying the harp Nicolette has also been lucky enough to participate in many masterclasses including those with Catrin Finch, Isabelle Perrin, Isabelle Moretti, Milda Agazarian, Sylvain Blassel, Maria Luisa Rayan-Forero, Karen Vaughan, Sasha Boldachev, Gabriella Dal’Olio, Florence Sitruk, Elinor Bennett and Sioned Williams.

A great interest in contemporary & experimental music has lead Nicolette to create the 4|12 Ensemble, an ensemble dedicated to such music, alongside her fellow RAM colleagues. Recent engagements include a concert at the Angela Burgess Recital Hall and an opening set at Kammer Klang.

Nicolette is currently in her 4th year as a harp performance major at the Royal Academy of Music, London, studying with Catherine White, Karen Vaughan and Skaila Kanga. She also studied second study composition with Dr Patrick Nunn. Her studies would not be possible without the generous support she receives as a current full scholar of the Loke-Cheng Kim Foundation(Singapore), and as a Peter Simon scholarship recipient of the Royal Academy. 

This fall will see Nicolette continue her time at the RAM on its Masters programme, and this has generously been made possible by support from Help Musicians UK and the RAM.