Born and raised in Singapore, pianist Nabillah Jalal graduated in 2016 with Honours from the Royal College of Music in London, studying under Prof. Nigel Clayton. Her first post-graduation position was as music director for the Singapore-led dance and physical theatre performance piece Bhumi, which debuted at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Nabillah made her debut concerto performance with The Young Musicians’ Foundation (Singapore) at Raffles Junior College in 2014. She is a frequent guest soloist for events hosted by the High Commission of The Republic of Singapore (UK), and has performed across several venues in Europe including Muz 13 in Szezecin, Poland and St. Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh, Scotland. In London, she has performed in St. Mary Abbot’s Church and the Parry Rooms at the RCM.
The first Malay Singaporean to be studying at the Royal College of Music, Nabillah received the prestigious Goh Chok Tong Youth Promise Award (Distinction) in 2011 and is a recipient of the Live It Up bursary, with her education supported by Trailblazer Foundation Ltd and help from the Bukit Timah Community Centre.
Nabillah has a keen interest in contemporary music particularly as it relates to her culture and identity as a Malay Singaporean. In 2012, she premiered Singaporean composer Albert Tay’s Variations on a Theme of Di Tanjung Katong as well as RCM composer Toby Nelms’ Recruit Green. In June 2016, she premiered Syafiqah ‘Adha’s Fantasia of Home as part of her graduation recital; the work was dedicated to Nabillah in conjunction with SG50, a nationwide commemoration of Singapore’s fiftieth year of independence.
When not performing, Nabillah is a keen educator and teaches piano to students in London and Singapore. A key part of her motivation is in spreading appreciation and involvement with the arts, both as a teacher and in charity and social work with lower-income and underrepresented communities. She has worked with EVOKX, a Singaporean community choir that seeks to engage youths in local communities and social work through choral singing.
Nabillah loves watching Korean dramas, cooking, and hosting dinner parties for her family and friends. She also plays and sings pop music on her Youtube channel and Instagram.
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