National Piano & Violin Competition 2005 Starts!


Bumper Crop of Young Singaporeans turn up the heat!

National Piano and Violin Competition

7-18 December 2005


Over 100 young music talents aged 12 years and below will be competing in Singapore’s biggest classical music competition, a clear signal of the growing accomplishment and interest of young Singaporeans in classical music today.  The Junior category of the biennial National Piano and Violin Competition (NPVC) formed the bulk of participants and registered the strongest growth with 124 participants, compared to 82 in the 2003 competition.  The Competition returns this year with a record total of 276 young music talents competing for top honours, over 35% increase from the 2003 competition.


Organised by the National Arts Council (NAC), the NPVC is the prestigious national platform to identify and nurture musical talents under 25 years of age.  Growing in scale with the increasing involvement of Singaporeans in classical music, the Competition has been the platform where some of Singapore’s best music talents such as Tang Tee Khoon, Grace Lee and Lee Huei Min cut their teeth on before moving on to winning other international music competitions and overseas performing opportunities.


The Competition kicks off on 7 December with 183 participants for piano and 93 for violin.  The 43 participants in the Open categories (aged 25 and below) include 23 non-Singaporeans competing. The initiative for talented foreigners studying, residing or working in Singapore to compete in the Open category was introduced this year and raises the bar in the Competition.  More than half of the Open participants also hail from established music schools, including the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory and the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, and will add to the competitive tension.


“We are delighted with such a significant increase in the number of participants this year. This will certainly raise the level of the competition and stimulate quality music-making in Singapore. We look forward to an exciting display of fine musicianship and to discovering the new music talents inSingapore. I hope that all competitors will treasure this special experience of being part of an exciting music event and give their very best. We wish them, their parents and teachers, a rewarding time ahead,“ says Goh Ching Lee, Senior Director, Performing Arts, NAC.


A panel of 6 distinguished adjudicators will judge the Competition. For piano, the adjudicators are Victoria Mushkatkol (Juilliard School, USA), Friederike Richter (Darmstadt Academy of Music, Germany) and Caroline Almonte (University of Melbourne, Australia). For Violin, the adjudicators are Hu Kun (Royal Academy of Music, UK), Bayla Keyes (Boston University, USA) and Ronald Woodcock (Formerly from Elder Conservatorium of Music, Australia).


Competition rounds are free and open to the public.  In the concerto rounds of the Open category, finalists will have the opportunity to perform a full concerto with an orchestra, led by Music Director of the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory Orchestra, Chan Tze Law.  The Competition culminates with a Prize Presentation Ceremony and Prize Winners’ Concert on 17 December.  The adjudicators will be conducting a series of masterclasses on the piano and violin on 18 December.


NPVC 2005 is sponsored by the Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan, the first organisation to make a cash sponsorship to the Competition.


We warmly invite you to attend and lend coverage to the NPVC 2005. Interviews with the Competition’s spokespersons, adjudicators and participants are available upon request.


Details of the Competition and adjudicators’ bios are attached as annexes.


 Annexes : Competition Details and Schedule
  : Bios of Adjudicators