Search for Singapore’s next classical music prodigy


The biggest classical music competition in Singapore, the biennial National Piano and Violin Competition is back.  Organised by the National Arts Council, it is the competition 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 last competition saw a record 203 participants.  The competition serves as a platform for music excellence and aims to develop the performing skills of musicians in Singapore, improve musical standards and identify potential music talents.  Some winners from the 2003 Competition have already gone on to gain entry into prestigious music schools overseas.  Loh Jun Hong and Gabriel Ng have both gained entry into the Yehudi Menuhin School while Janell Yeo has been admitted into the Purcell School.


There are four categories – junior, intermediate, senior and open - in the Competition with cash prizes ranging from $200 to $5000 to be won. Participants will be required to cover works from at least three stylistic periods from Baroque, Classical, Romantic or 20th Century and are encouraged to offer a balanced and varied programme that includes virtuosic and lyrical works. Singapore citizens and permanent residents currently studying abroad are also eligible to take part.  A panel of 6 adjudicators will be invited to judge the Competition.


The National Arts Council hopes to attract as many, if not more, participants this time round and also to maintain the rigorous standards and competitiveness of the Competition.  For the first time, foreigners studying, working or residing in Singapore can take part in the Open Category of the Competition.  And in line with international competitions, participants in the Open Category have to perform a 50-minute solo programme.


“By raising the bar of the Competition, aspiring talents will be better equipped with the confidence and ability to compete in more of such events abroad.  Opening up the Competition to foreign talents based in Singapore also allows us to uncover the breadth of talents available in Singapore.” says Ms Elaine Ng, Deputy Director, Performing Arts, National Arts Council.


For the first time, the Competition is delighted to receive a cash sponsorship from the Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan. On its contribution, Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan Deputy President Mr Chua Thian Poh said, “It has always been the Huay Kuan’s objective to promote culture among the younger generation and our organisation has often looked for avenues to reach out to them.  As we celebrate our 165th anniversary this year, it is our hope  
that through partnering the National Arts Council in the National Piano and Violin Competition and the National Chinese Music Competition, we will be able to facilitate a platform that discovers and nurtures local talents.” 


Registration for the Competition is now open.  Applications close on 6pm, 26 August 2005. 


The registration booklet is available for download from the National Arts Council’s website, while printed copies are available at the National Arts Council, Victoria Theatre, Victoria Concert Hall, Alliance Francaise, YMS Arts Centre, The Arts House @ Old Parliament (Box Office), Esplanade –Theatres on the Bay (Esplanade Shop / Management Office) and the Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan.


The public can contact Ms Anna Chew (DID: 6837 9544, Email: or Ms Bernice Wong (DID: 6837 9519, Email: for enquiries.


We warmly invite you to lend coverage to the launch of the Competition.


Annex: Competition Details