NAC Violin Loan Scheme: Rare Guadagnini Violin Available for Loan


NAC Violin Loan Scheme


Rare Guadagnini Violin Available for Loan


An exquisite Guadagnini violin is now available for loan under the National Arts Council’s (NAC) Violin Loan Scheme. Under this scheme, this prized instrument, crafted by master luthier J. B. Guadagnini in Milan, c. 1750, will be loaned to Singapore's violinists who have the potential and commitment to pursue an international solo music career, thus contributing to the international advancement of Singapore violinists and the Singaporemusic scene. The violin is valued at US$430,000.


A Guadagnini violin is known as one of the greatest string instruments with its superior sound quality. However, the cost of a Guadagnini is often beyond the means of a young artist to acquire. Launched in 2000, the Violin Loan Scheme aims to assist violinists in their international career development by providing them a fine instrument that will help them unleash their fullest potential and create career-defining performances on the world stage.


Critically acclaimed Singapore violinist Siow Lee Chin is the first beneficiary of the Violin Loan Scheme. Siow has impressed international audiences on the Guadagnini violin at numerous performances since 2000, including the prestigious Spoleto Festival in Italy, and the Charleston Music Festival, which she co-founded and helms as the Artistic Co-Director. Siow is currently a visiting artist at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music.  She will be performing on the loaned violin at the Homecoming - Lee Chin & Friends Recital at the Conservatory on 18 November 2008. The recital will feature masterworks by Henryk Wieniawski, William Grant Still, Richard Strauss, Amy Beach and Beethoven.


The Scheme is now open for application. Singapore citizens or Permanent Residents who are recognised as practising artists and who demonstrate a strong commitment to pursue an international career as a soloist may apply. The successful applicant will enjoy a loan tenure of up to two years.


Application form is available on and must be submitted to NAC by 14 November 2008. Please refer to the Annex for more information about the Scheme.