Chinese Music Competition Nurtures Young Talent


Chinese Music Competition



Nurtures Young Talent



2008 National Chinese Music Competition


2 - 14 December 2008


Come December, 11-year old Siti Maryam Binte Zhuraimi will compete in the erhu solo section while 16-year old Muhammad Irfan Bin Abdul Rais will participate in the yangqin solo section of the 2008 National Chinese Music Competition.  They are among 500 promising young participants who have registered for the biennial event.


The competition consists of a Solo and an Ensemble Section. The Solo Section features seven instruments: dizi, erhu, guzheng, pipa, suona, yangqin and zhongruan. Each solo instrument is open to three age categories, namely the Junior category (12 years & below), Youth category (18 years & below), and Open category (30 years and below). The Ensemble Section comprises the Combined Instrumental Ensemble and a new category - Percussion Ensemble - introduced to provide a competitive and developmental platform for aspiring percussionists. The cash prizes up for grabs total $68,700.


Organised by the National Arts Council, the Competition serves as a platform for music excellence and aims to develop the performing skills of musicians and to identify potential talents. It also provides opportunities for young musicians to perform before an international jury. This year, a total of 287 entries was received, reflecting an increase of 8 percent from the 2006 edition.


The adjudicating panel comprises 13 renowned musicians from Singapore and overseas. They include guzheng specialist Ms Chek Yui Hong, erhu specialist Ling Hock Siang, composer Liu Bin, erhu specialist Lum Yan Sing, dizi specialist Tay Soon Huat, conductor Tay Teow Kiat and plucked string instrumentalist Ms Zhang Nian Bing.


The other six overseas adjudicators are dizi specialist Choo Boon-chong from Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, erhu specialist George Gao Shao Qing from Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto), guzheng specialist Cheng Te-yuan from Tainan National University of the Arts, composer Wang Jian from Shanghai Conservatory of Music, pipa specialist Ms Yang Jing and yangqin specialist Ms Li Ling Ling, both from The China Conservatory (Beijing).


The Competition will culminate in a Prize Winners’ Concert and Prize Presentation Ceremony on 13 December 2008 at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory. The Guest-of-Honour for the Prize Presentation Ceremony is RAdm (NS) Lui Tuck Yew, Senior Minister of State for Information, Communications & the Arts, and for Education. To enrich the experiences of participants, masterclasses will be held by the adjudicators on 14 December at Singapore Conference Hall.


The Preliminaries and Finals are free to the public. Tickets for the Prize Winners’ Concert and masterclasses are priced at $10 and $5 respectively and are now available from SISTIC. Ticket prices exclude SISTIC handling fee.


Annex 1: Details on the Competition & Masterclasses


Annex 2: Profiles of Adjudicators