Winners of the National Piano & Violin Competition 2003 in action!


Prize Winners’ Concert & Prize Presentation Ceremony



 18 December 2003 (Thursday) 
 Time:  7:00pm to 10:00pm
 Venue:  Victoria Concert Hall
 Guest-of-Honour:  Mr Ng Ser Miang
 Nominate Member of Parliament


Following 10 days of rigorous competition involving a record 203 entries, the National Arts Council is pleased to announce the winners of the National Piano and Violin Competition 2003.


Winning first prize in the Piano Open category is 18 year old Chua Gheng Hong.  Other winners include young prodigy Keegan Ng who took home the first prize in the Piano Senior category, and See Ian Ike winning the first prize in the Violin Senior category.  This marks the third time See takes home the first prize from the competition.  He was the first prize winner of the Violin Junior category in 1999 and then the Violin Intermediate category in 2001.


As a closing highlight of the Competition, selected 1st prize winners of each category in the Piano and Violin sections will perform in the Prize Winners’ Concert & Prize Presentation Ceremony tonight.  Among the performers is Chua Gheng Hong, who will perform his competition piece, Grieg’s Concerto in A minor Op. 16, with the accompaniment of The Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra conducted by Maestro Lim Yau. Admission tickets to the Prize Winners’ Concert & Prize Presentation Ceremony are at $10 at the door.  For enquiries, the public can call 6837 9522.


The winners will take home trophies, cash prizes and certificates. The cash prizes are as follows:


 1st Prize 

 2nd Prize 

 3rd Prize 


















The entries were adjudicated by a panel of six distinguished musicians.  For Piano, they are Professor Nelita True (USA), Gerard Willems (Australia) and Xie Huazhen (China). For Violin, the judges are soloist Denis Goldfeld (Russia), Professor Kenneth Goldsmith (USA) and Professor Maureen Smith (UK).  The adjudicators will conduct masterclasses for piano and violin on 19 Dec 2003 at the NAFA Recital Hall (Piano) and YMS Arts Centre (Violin).  Each adjudicator has selected 3 competitors to perform one or more of their competition pieces during the masterclasses.  Tickets at $8 per person per session for the Masterclasses are available at the doors.  For more information, the public can call 6837 9522.  Details of the masterclasses are in Annex 3. 



  • Annex 1 - List of prize winners and their contact details
  • Annex 2 - Programme of Prize Winners’ Concert and Prize Presentation Ceremony
  • Annex 3 - Schedule of Masterclasses