Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts
Lynette Lim is one of the foremost violin pedagogues in Singapore, having established an outstanding violin studio since her return from the U.S. more than 30 years ago. Many of her protégés have been inspired to follow in her footsteps to become professional musicians.
A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, Lynette was a George Eastman Merit Scholarship holder who distinguished herself as one of the most promising violinists in the conservatory when she was the only violinist and one of the youngest in the history of the school to be awarded the Performer’s Certificate upon her graduation with the Bachelor of Music degree at age 20. Following that, she obtained her Master of Music degree, with Distinction from the Indiana University School of Music where she studied under the legendary Professor Emeritus, Josef Gingold. She then returned to Eastman and taught as an assistant to Professor Sylvia Rosenberg while pursuing a Doctorate in Musical Arts.
Lynette participated in numerous Masterclasses and Music Festivals. Among her teachers were Zvi Zeitlin and members of the Juilliard and Cleveland Quartets. She collaborated with conductor Dennis Russell Davies at the Aspen Music Festival and was invited by Gunter Schuller and Louis Krasner to be a Fellow at the Berkshire Music Center in Tanglewood. She has been featured in solo and chamber music concerts throughout America, in Germany and also Japan.
Now based in Singapore, Lynette was instrumental in setting up the String Department at the LaSalle-SIA College of the Arts where she was Head of Strings for 6 years and directed the LaSalle Baroque Players. Lynette was also the former Co-ordinator for Strings at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts where she conducted the NAFA String Ensemble and also coached chamber music. Lynette was a violin tutor at the Asean Music Workshop and sits on various Advisory Committees of the National Arts Council.
Lynette is committed to developing the next generation of excellent violinists, concentrating especially on developing the passion and talent of those keen on a career in music. To this end, she works passionately with gifted young violinists and many who are already music teachers in order to equip them with greater skills and musicianship so as to reach out to an even wider circle of players. Her extraordinary ability at developing the talent of her students to an exceptionally high level has enabled many of them to be selected to perform as soloists with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, the Singapore National Youth Orchestra as well as other local and foreign orchestras. Many also achieve the highest scores for the year at graded as well as diploma exams. Among them are countless concertmasters and principals of the Singapore National Youth Orchestra and prize winners at local and international music competitions. Some have represented Singapore in the Asian and Asean Youth Orchestras and at other international music festivals in Japan, Australia and Europe. Others have won scholarships to pursue music degrees in top conservatories in the USA, England, Germany and Australia.