Expanded Platform for Young Talent


2006 National Chinese Music Competition


5 – 16 December 2006


The 2006 National Chinese Music Competition (NCMC) attracted a record 265 solo and ensemble entries by 378 young musicians.  This represents an 8% increase from 244 entries in 2004, and the highest number of entries ever received since the inception of the biennial Competition in 1998.


The record entries signal the increasing interest and participation of young musicians in Chinese classical music. Participants aged 18 and below accounted for 81% of the total number of entries, 10% more than that in 2004.  New initiatives were introduced this year to expand opportunities to discover and develop young music talent. Participants will compete in seven solo instruments and one ensemble section under the Junior, Youth and Open age categories.  All solo instrument sections now feature the Open section to provide opportunities for participants to perform concerto pieces. The age limit was lowered from 35 years old to 30 years old.     


The Competition provides a national platform for music excellence, and aims to identify promising music talent and nurture their performing skills. The participants have the opportunity to perform before an international adjudicating panel.  The preliminary rounds will be adjudicated by a panel of local music practitioners including Cultural Medallion recipients Tay Teow Kiat and Phoon Yew Tien, and Young Artist Award recipient Ling Hock Siang. Five distinguished Chinese music experts from China will join the panel in the finals.The 12-day Competition culminates in a showcase of the top talents at the Prize Presentation Ceremony and Prize Winners’ Concert on 16 December 2006. Prize winners stand to win trophies and over $64,000.


 “The number of competition entries has been growing over the years, and we are glad that the community has responded positively to the new developments in this year’s Competition. It is vital for the National Chinese Music Competition to stay relevant and effective in its mission, and continue to evolve to provide wider opportunities for music talent to showcase their skills. Through this national platform, we aim to further cultivate the creative talent of young musicians and encourage an even wider appreciation of and engagement in Chinese music,” says Ms Elaine Ng, Director, Performing Arts Development, National Arts Council.


The NCMC is organised by the National Arts Council and sponsored by the Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan. Members of the public are invited to attend the performances during the competition rounds.  Admission to the Preliminaries and Finals is free.  Tickets to the Prize Presentation Ceremony and Prize Winners’ Concert are pricedat$10. Results of the Competition will be updated daily on the NCMC webpage (http://nac.gov.sg/com/com02a.asp?id=52).


In conjunction with the Competition, the overseas adjudicators will also be conducting a series of masterclasses. Tickets to the masterclasses cost $5 each. Tickets are available at all SISTIC outlets.


Please find the following annexes enclosed for information:

Annex 1:          Schedule of the Competition, Masterclasses, and Ticketing Information

Annex 2:          Competition Categories and Prizes, and List of Adjudicators for Preliminary and Final Rounds

Annex 3:          Biographies of Adjudicators