ABOUT NABILLAH JALAL
Born and raised in Singapore, pianist Nabillah Jalal graduated in 2016 with Honours from the Royal College of Music in London, studying under Professor Nigel Clayton. Shortly after graduating, she was invited to be the music director for the Singapore-led dance and physical theatre performance piece Bhumi, which debuted at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
The first Malay Singaporean to study 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. Her education is also supported by Trailblazer Foundation Ltd and the Bukit Timah Community Centre.
Nabillah made her debut concerto performance with The Young Musicians’ Foundation (Singapore) 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.
As an active advocate for youth, cultural and community programs, Nabillah frequently guest performs at private events and award showcases. In 2017, she performed for Mendaki‘s Education Trust Fund Dinner, a fundraising gala that raised more than $500,000 for underprivileged Malay families. In 2018, she performed showcases for the President's Challenge Presentation Ceremony and Singapore Youth Awards 2018 at the Istana. In the same year, she collaborated with People’s Association of Singapore on the grand opening of the Wisma Geylang Serai development.
Nabillah continues to produce and perform contemporary music that speaks to her Malay Singaporean identity. 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 2016, she premiered Syafiqah Adha’s Fantasia of Home which was arranged in dedication of SG50, a nationwide project to commemorate Singapore’s fiftieth year of independence. She has also been invited as a guest performer for Mediacorp Suria's nationally televised Sinar Lebaran (2017) and Sinaran Hati (2018), and as a guest speaker for Wahhhnita Suria (2018). In 2018, she collaborated with award-winning multi-disciplinary artist and fellow Goh Chok Tong Youth Promise Award recipient Ezzam Rahman for a performance art exhibition commissioned by the ArtScience Museum. She also performed original music for Cita Seni, a fashion and performance art showcase presented by the Arts House Singapore.
In 2017, Nabillah joined the steering committees of Community Labs Forum, a Mendaki initiative that funds youth-driven entrepreneurship, and YOUTHx, an annual youth festival organised by the National Youth Council. In the same year, she founded ArtSee, a volunteer-run project that provides free contemporary music education to at-risk young people. In 2018, she was nominated to be a youth ambassador at JENESYS, a regional peacebuilding program organised by the government of Japan in conjunction with the National Youth Council.
In 2018, Nabillah launched NJ Studio, a boutique piano school that focuses on 1-to-1 lessons with a unique narrative-based teaching approach. Every year, NJ Studio aims to sponsor classical music education for selected students under MOE's Financial Assistance Scheme.