National Piano and Violin Competition 2009: Inspiring Young Talent Clinch Top Prizes



National Piano and Violin Competition 2009


Inspiring Young Talent Clinch Top Prizes


Hearing-impaired Singapore pianist Azariah Tan delivered an inspiring win at the National Piano and Violin Competition 2009 by clinching the first prize in the Piano Senior Category. China-born pianist Li Zhen and violinist Zhao Meng Chan also played impressively at the biennial competition, and topped the Piano and Violin Artist Categories respectively. 


The three young musicians joined 21 other winners in receiving their prizes from Lui Tuck Yew, Acting Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts, at the Prize Presentation Ceremony held at Victoria Concert Hall tonight. The winners received trophies, certificates and cash prizes ranging from S$200 to S$5,000.


A piano major at Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, Tan was diagnosed with bilateral sensorineural hearing loss at the age of four and started playing the piano when he was six. The 18-year-old has numerous regional and international awards under his belt, which include: two honorary mention awards at the 10th International Chopin Piano Competition in Asia, held in Tokyo this year; and 2nd prizes at the 2008 ASEAN Chopin Competition in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the 2007 Asian Youth Music Competition in Singapore, and the IX International Competition of Young Pianists in Nis, Yugoslavia.


Li, who is also a student at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, had topped the piano finals at the Conservatory’s Concerto Competition in 2007. She has been playing the piano since the age of five, and is under the tutelage of Assistant Professor Albert Tiu.


Zhao began playing the violin at the age of three. He went on to perform with internationally renowned violinist Xue-Wei, and was appointed concertmaster of the Chinese National Youth Orchestra. He is currently a student of Qian Zhou, and plays on an 1818 Pallotta Pieto on loan from the Rin Collection.


The competition featured Singapore Festival Orchestra, which accompanied the Artist Category finalists for their performances. First prize winners from the Junior, Intermediate and Senior Categories also performed at this evening’s Prize Presentation Ceremony. Since its formalisation in 1997, the National Piano and Violin Competition has become a premier international music platform for identifying and nurturing young talent. 


You are warmly invited to lend coverage to the Competition. Interviews can be arranged with the winners. 


Please refer to the following annexes for more information:

Annex 1: Winners’ profiles for piano categories

Annex 2: Winners’ profiles for violin categories