Monique Lapins began her violin studies at the age of six with the Suzuki method and continued at the Australian National Academy of Music under William Hennessy, and at Singapore’s Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music under Professor Qian Zhou.
She was a finalist twice in the Asia Pacific Chamber Music Competition and has performed in festivals throughout France, Czech Republic, Holland, Japan, Hong Kong, Australia and at the Open Chamber Music Seminars in Prussia Cove directed by world-renowned cellist, Steven Isserlis. Monique has toured extensively in collaboration with Australian Chamber Orchestra Collective, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra and Singapore Symphony Orchestra. She has performed with artists including conductor Seiji Ozawa in Japan, conductor Philippe Herreweghe in France, Jerusalem String Quartet and pianist Dénes Várjon (Adam Chamber Music Festival), and as a soloist with French violinist Oliver Charlier in Japan.
Monique joined the NZSQ in May 2016. Monique plays a 1784 Lorenzo Storioni violin, kindly loaned by Mr David Duncan Craig, as trustee of the Lily Duncan Trust.