National Piano and Violin Competition 2013 Now Open for Registration


The National Arts Council (NAC) is pleased to announce the 2013 National Piano and Violin Competition (NPVC) open call for registration. In addition to seeking the participation of young pianists and violinists, this open call also encourages aspiring composers to submit their original works. Winning compositions will be featured as set pieces throughout the competition and selected winners will perform alongside a full orchestra at the Prize Winners’ Concert & Prize Presentation Ceremony on 8 December 2013.


 2          Elaine Ng, Director for Sector Development (Performing Arts), NAC says, “For more than 15 years, this competition has discovered and nurtured promising pianists and violinists. In 2011, the importance of creating new content to enrich Singapore’s canon of music works prompted the Council to create the first open call for original works. With positive feedback from the music community, we will continue to use winning compositions as set pieces. This also contributes to the holistic development of Singapore’s music scene. As a platform for musical excellence, we hope that this year’s competition will continue to spur young musicians and composers to greater heights.”


 3          A unique platform that identifies and develops young musical talents, this biennial competition has produced many promising young musicians and launched some of their performing careers, including Ms Tang Tee Khoon (violin) and Mr Lim Yan (piano). After winning 1st prize in the Piano Open category at the 1997 NPVC, Mr Lim went on to receive the NAC’s Young Artist Award for Music in 2006. He has since performed extensively with leading conductors and orchestras in Singapore and Europe.


 4          The Goh Soon Tioe Outstanding Performer Award also returns in its second instalment with the competition. S$10,000 will be awarded to a violinist at the 2013 NPVC who demonstrates outstanding qualities as a musician and performer. The winner may use the award to undertake music programmes or subsidise expenses which will assist his or her musical development in the violin.  The winner will be selected by the panel of adjudicators and will be featured at the Prize Winners’ Concert.


 5          Interested participants may apply for the 9th edition of the competition from now to 16 August 2013. Closing date for submission of compositions is 14 June 2013. Registration details can be found on the website: A factsheet about the competition is included in the Appendix.