Local And Foreign Music Talents In One Showcase


~2004 National Chinese Music Competition~

6 - 15 December 2004


The National Chinese Music Competition returns as a bigger platform with more opportunities to showcase the range of Chinese music talents.  Registration is now open.


Organised biennially by the National Arts Council, this year’s Competition has introduced a number of initiatives in recognition of the rapidly growing pool of Chinese music talents in Singapore.  There is a new combined section for guanzi, suona and sheng, while the Open Solo category for dizi will be opened to foreigners working and studying in Singapore.


In addition, to raise the profile of local Chinese music practitioners and their works, a panel of local judges will adjudicate the preliminary rounds of the Competition, while a special $800 cash prize will be awarded for the best performance of a local work by an ensemble.


“Interest in Chinese music, its practitioners as well as talent pool have increased tremendously in the last five years.  The Competition saw a surge in the number of participants from 189 in the 2000 competition to 423 in 2002.  Foreign music talents in Singapore have grown and we also recognise that there is a wide breadth and diversity of Chinese music instruments, local composers and works deserving of a bigger platform. The Competition will continuously expand its scope to keep up with these developments and gear up towards a regional or international platform,” says Leen Kim Swee, Director for Arts Capability Development, National Arts Council.


The National Chinese Music Competition was first organised by the then Ministry of Culture in 1980, as part of the former National Music Competition comprising both Chinese and Western instrumental categories. After the 10th competition in 1995, the National Music Competition was restructured into two separate events, namely the National Piano & Violin Competition and the National Chinese Music Competition. The first stand alone biennial National Chinese Music Competition was held in 1998.


An initiative introduced at the 2002 Competition was the chance for Senior and Open category winners to perform with the Singapore Chinese Orchestra (SCO) in the year following the competition.  In SCO’s upcoming Erhu Festival in April 2004, 11 winners and one erhu ensemble from the 2002 Competition have been invited to perform in its special “Young Performers” segment.


Applications for the competition close on 15 July 2004.


Annex - Competition Details