Singapore, 16 April 2015 – The Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) partners the National Arts Council (NAC) for the first time to co-organise the biennial National Piano and Violin Competition (NPVC). Into its 10th edition, the competition remains one of the nation’s signature talent discovery platforms for young classical musicians.


2          Says Ms Grace Ng, Director for Sector Development (Music) at NAC, “This partnership with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra comes at a good time as we look towards building a sustainable future in music for prospective young musicians. It reinforces our commitment to nurture excellence in the local classical music scene, and provide our young artists with opportunities to develop as musicians. As a leader in Singapore’s classical music scene, SSO’s involvement will set the stage for our young musicians to grow and aspire towards becoming excellent performers.”


3          Commenting further on SSO’s involvement, Mr Chng Kai Jin, General Manager of the Singapore Symphonia Company Limited said, “The Singapore Symphony Orchestra is delighted to do its part for the National Piano and Violin Competition. It is one of the most important platforms on which the generations of Singapore’s best musical talents are first spotted. Many winners have been invited to perform with the SSO, including the annual President’s Young Performers Concert. This year, the finals of the competition will be held at the home of the SSO, the Victoria Concert Hall. We hope the public will be as thrilled as we are to listen to the young talents at the start of their performing lives.”


4          To ensure that the competition responds to the development of the classical music scene, three areas of enhancements have been introduced this year. They include:


(i)      New video screening round introduced: Unlike previous editions, applicants this year will be required to submit a video excerpt of their chosen competition pieces along with their application. This video will be part of the first round of evaluation. Only successful applicants will move on to the quarter finals in the live competition.


(ii)     Participants in the Senior category for Violin now required to perform a violin-piano sonata: Participants in the Senior category for Violin will now be required to perform a full violin-piano sonata instead of an accompanied violin concerto.


(iii)    Adjustments to age limits for Junior and Senior categories: The Junior category will be open to participants aged 11 (previously 12) and under. The Senior category will now admit those aged 21 (previously 18) and under.


5          Chairman of the NPVC Advisory Committee and Cultural Medallion recipient, Dr Kelly Tang added, “These adjustments have been carefully calibrated to provide young performers greater opportunity to hone and focus on essential aspects of musicianship necessary to undergird the further development and flourishing of our music scene.”


6          This edition of the competition will see the organisers specially commissioning local composers to put together an original suite as part of the SG50 celebrations. The various pieces will be used as set competition pieces for Senior and Artist category participants and the final medley will be presented at the Prize Winners’ Concert at the end of the competition, which will be open to the public to attend [1].


7          The competition is open to Singapore citizens and permanent residents (PRs) while non-Singaporeans/PRs studying, working or residing in Singapore can participate in the Artist category. The top three winners of each category stand to win cash prizes ranging from $200 to $5,000.


8          This year will also see the final instalment of the Goh Soon Tioe Outstanding Performer Award, given to an exceptional performer at the Violin competition. The winner of the award will receive $10,000, which may be used to undertake music development programmes and/or subsidise expenses incurred to develop his or her violin skills.


9          Interested applicants may obtain more information on the NPVC website at Registration closes at 5pm, 30 Jun 2015. More details on the competition are available in the factsheet Appended.



[1] Ticketing details for the Prize Winners’ Concert on 6 Dec 2015 will be released closer to the competition period (28 Nov to 6 Dec 2015).