Top prize winner ex aequo of the Ninth Mae and Irving Jurow International Harpsichord Competition 2021, Singaporean fortepianist, harpsichordist and pianist Anastasia Chin has been praised for her naturally sensitive, elegant and eloquent performances, and for her ability to make the instruments sing. She is in frequent demand as soloist, chamber musician, and continuo player on the harpsichord, fortepiano and organ. She was one of three finalists in the 2018 Berkeley Festival International Early Piano Competition. Anastasia is a regular performer on the Bloomington Bach Cantata Project series and the Bloomington Early Music Festival, and also plays regularly with Las Aves, an ensemble specializing in early Baroque chamber music, and Tonos del Sur, an ensemble specializing in 17th and 18th century Latin American music.
Starting her musical career as a pianist, Anastasia made her fortepiano debut performing Mozart's Piano Concerto in A major, K. 414 with the Indiana University Classical Orchestra. The Bloomington Herald Times wrote of the performance, “Chin showed compelling evidence of her training, along with a musicality that could have come only from native bent and talent. Her Mozart honored Mozart. Technically, she offered the listener pristine clarity and precision in execution. She seemed at one with the fortepiano, the lively action in its keys and the limpid tonal quality. Her interpretation featured stylistic elegance but also, in welcome abundance, the lyricism and caprice that pervade the score.” (Peter Jacobi, February 7, 2012)
Anastasia made her harpsichord concerto debut in April 2019, performing J.S. Bach’s Concerto in C major for Three Harpsichords, BWV 1064 with the Indiana University Baroque Orchestra and her historical keyboard studio colleagues. In November 2019, she performed C. P. E. Bach’s Concerto in C minor, Wq. 37, and J. S. Bach’s Concerto in E major, BWV 1053 with a string quintet in an intimate chamber music setting that demonstrated the versatility of the works. In August 2021, Anastasia performed J.S. Bach's Concerto in D major, BWV 1054 with members of Lyra Baroque for the final round of the Jurow harpsichord competition.
As a pianist, Anastasia has made concerto appearances with the Singapore National Youth Orchestra (Yellow River Piano Concerto) and the Singapore Anglo-Chinese Junior College String Orchestra (Piano Concerto in A major, K. 414). She has also worked and performed with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and the Vienna Boys' Choir as a member of the Academies Festival Orchestra, under the batons of Julian Reynolds and Alondra de la Parra.
Anastasia holds a Doctor of Music in Early Music (Keyboard) from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where she also received her Master of Music in Early Music (Fortepiano) and a Performer Diploma in Harpsichord. Her mentor is eminent harpsichordist and fortepianist Elisabeth Wright, to whom she credits for igniting her passion for early music. Anastasia has been a recipient of the Artistic Excellence Award, and was a Graduate Assistant and Associate Instructor in the Historical Performance Institute. Anastasia also holds a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, Singapore, where she studied with renowned pianist Albert Tiu. Her full scholarship for undergraduate studies was sponsored by the Singapore National Arts Council.