A new batch of winners is crowned!
National Chinese Music Competition 2004
Prize Presentation Ceremony & Prize Winners' Concert
|Date||:||15 December 2004 (Wednesday)|
|Time||:||7.30 pm - 10.00 pm|
|Venue||:||Singapore Chinese Orchestra Concert Hall (Singapore Conference Hall)|
|Guest-of-Honour||:||Mr Matthias Yao Chih, Mayor, South East District|
Following eight days of intense competition, the winners of the 2004 National Chinese Music Competition have been crowned.
Since the Competition was revamped in 1998, it has seen a double-fold increase in the number of entries. In 1998, there were only 122 entries, but this year's competition attracted 244 entries for solo (235 entries) and ensemble sections (9 entries), involving a total of 410 participants, indicating that the competition is proving fruitful for those in the Chinese music scene.
The standard of the competition has also increased judging from the repertoire selected by participants. The adjudicators observed that there are exceptional musical talents amongst this year's prize winners whose standard of performance and musicality is comparable to, if not higher than, students at the major conservatories in China.
Taking home the first prize in the new Combined (Guanzi, Suona & Sheng) category is an elatedYang Ji Wei who had spent one month, between September and October, alone in Beijing, training and preparing himself for this competition. Ji Wei is also a distinguished member of the winning ensemble (Open Category), the TENG Chinese Chamber Ensemble. He said, "The competition was intense and I would not have come this far without the support from my family and friends, especially those in the TENG Chinese Chamber Ensemble."
Fellow member of the TENG Chinese Chamber Ensemble, Pan Min Jun Benedict, talks about being a member of the team that triumphed in the Open Category (Ensemble). Specially established for the competition, all the team members are established musicians in their own right in various orchestras island-wide. The ensemble is largely made up of current and previous prize winners of the competition, signifying that the competition is platform for musical exchanges among the participants and a catalyst for growing Chinese ensembles.
Benedict elaborated, "The ensemble comprises elite musicians nation-wide, whose common purpose is to craft music and to strengthen friendships. It is an independent, self-financing group established without any funding. We would very much like to sustain and continue our endeavors in making music in the near future."
For the first time this year, a special cash prize of $800 for Best Performance of a Local Composition/Arrangement was awarded to the Ding Xiao Yan Ruan Ensemble.
One of the highlights of the Prize Winners' Concert on 15 December will undoubtedly be the solo performances of the six foreign adjudicators, all prominent Chinese music masters from abroad. They are Lu Ri Rong (erhu), Qu Xiang (dizi), Wang Fan Di (pipa), Wang Zhong Shan (guzheng), Wu Qiang (zhongruan) and Zhang Gao Xiang (yangqin). Selected 1st prize winners have also been invited to perform at the concert.
All Senior and Open category prize winners may be offered potential performance opportunities with the Singapore Chinese Orchestra (SCO) within the subsequent year of the Competition, while all Solo prize winners stand a chance to participate in masterclasses conducted by guest musicians invited by the SCO.
All Solo prize and Ensemble group winners will receive a pair of complimentary tickets to attend any SCO within the subsequent year of the Competition. Furthermore, all Solo prize winners will receive a one-year complementary membership as 'Friends of the SCO'.
The top three winners of each age category will receive trophies, certificates and cash prizes totalling $47,400. Honourable Mention awards of $100 each were given to two participants this year.
Interviews and photography opportunities with prize winners can be arranged for media. We warmly invite you to attend and cover the Prize Winners' Concert and Prize Presentation Ceremony.
Annex 1 - Prize Winners of the 2004 National Chinese Music Competition
Annex 2 - Prize Winners' Concert and Prize Presentation Ceremony Programme