Original Works By Local Composers Recognised at the 2011 National Piano and Violin Competition


12 Dec 2011


For the first time, the 2011 National Piano and Violin Competition (NPVC) recognised original compositions by four local composers – Emily Koh, Denise Lee, Bernard Lee Kah Hong and Eric James Watson. Specially written for this event, these compositions were shortlisted from more than 30 entries, submitted during an open call for original works between April to June this year. Last night’s event, which was graced by Minister for Education Mr Heng Swee Keat, also saw the presentation of the inaugural Goh Soon Tioe Outstanding Performer Award. The winner of this award was 12-year-old Ms Elvina Sung-Eun Auh, who also won First prize in the Violin (Junior) Category. The judges were extremely impressed by her outstanding musical and performing abilities as a violinist throughout the competition. 


Says Ms Vivien Goh, the donor of the Goh Soon Tioe Outstanding Performer Award, “I believe that this award complements the National Arts Council's efforts to groom budding classical musicians and develop their musical capabilities. I donated this award in honour of my father, Goh Soon Tioe, Singapore's pioneer violin pedagogue, conductor and impresario. I hope that this award will enable the recipient to reach greater heights in her musical development."


In the other categories, 15-year-old Mr Kong Xianlong and16-year-old Ms Li Chu Ren clinched the top honours in the Violin Senior and Piano Senior categories respectively. No newcomers to this competition, Mr Kong had previously won the First Prize in the Violin Intermediate Category in 2009 and Ms Li had won the Second Prize in the Piano Intermediate category in 2009.


Says Ms Yvonne Tham, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, National Arts Council, “The biennale National Piano and Violin Competition, as always, is an intense and exciting event. For the 2011 edition, we introduced the Original Compositions initiative, to showcase our local composers as well. Over the years, this competition remains an excellent opportunity for young musicians to train and showcase their musical skills and abilities on a national platform, as well as learn from a panel of acclaimed adjudicators. We want to groom young musical talent and grow their abilities in performing and composing. Most importantly, we hope to nurture this deep love for music, and encourage more young Singaporeans to embrace it as well.”


23 talented young musicians were recognised at the 2011 National Piano and Violin Competition’s Prize Winners’ Concert and Prize Presentation Ceremony yesterday evening. The Goh Soon Tioe Outstanding Performer Award was presented by Ms Vivien Goh. The first prize-winners of each category received trophies and cash prizes ranging from $800 to $5000. Honourable mentions with $100 cash prizes, were also awarded to deserving finalists


Please see Annex A for profiles and photos of First Prize Winners

Please See Annex B for list of all Winners