Record Number of Entries since 1997


2003 National Piano & Violin Competition


7 – 18 December


203 entries were received from budding musical talents to vie for top honours in Singapore’s most rigorous classical music competition.  This is the highest number of entries received since the biennial National Piano and Violin Competition started in 1997, dedicated to developing the performing skills of musicians in Singapore, improving their musical standards and identifying potential musical talents.


147 entries were received for the piano section and 56 for the violin section.   13 prize winners from the 2001 competition return to compete in the competition.  Among those returning are See Ian Ike, 2001 1st prize winner of the Violin Intermediate category who is competing in this year’s Violin Senior category, and Ng Yi Ling, 2001 1st prize winner of the Piano Intermediate category who will compete in the Piano Open category.  Others to watch out for include 14 year old prodigy Keegan Ng who will take part in the Piano Senior Category, and 5 participants who will compete in both violin and piano categories.


“The over-whelming response to this year’s competition is indicative of the growth of the competition and the increasing interest in classical music. It also shows that there is a huge talent pool out there to tap on and develop to represent Singapore on the international classical music arena. The international practices set in this competition will poise our young talents for even more demanding music competitions overseas and raise the standards and appreciation of classical music in Singapore,” said Elaine Ng, Deputy Director (Arts Capability Development), National Arts Council.


Contestants will prepare a repertoire of their choice covering works from at least 3 of the following stylistic periods: Baroque, Classical, Romantic and 20th century.  In line with international practices, finalists in the Open category have to perform a full-length concerto.  The Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, conducted by its music director, Maestro Lim Yau, will provide the accompaniment in the final rounds of competition.


Selected 1st prize winners of each category in the Piano and Violin sections will find an immediate platform to showcase their talents in the Prize Winners’ Concert on 18 Dec 2003 at the Victoria Concert Hall.  Held together with the prize presentation ceremony, prize winners will perform a work of their choice from their Competition repertoire.


A panel of six distinguished adjudicators have been assembled for the competition.  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).  All the competition rounds will be judged by the respective piano and violin adjudicators.


The adjudicators have also been invited to conduct masterclasses for piano and violin on 19 Dec 2003 at the NAFA Recital Hall (Piano) and YMS Arts Centre (Violin).  Each adjudicator will select a maximum of 3 competitors to perform one or more of their competition pieces in the masterclasses.


All competition rounds, the Prize Winners’ Concert and Masterclasses are opened to the public.  Admission to the competition rounds is free.  Tickets at $10 for the Concert and $8 per person per session for the Masterclasses are available at the competition venues during the competition period as well as at the doors.  For more information, the public can contact Ms Bernice Wong (DID: 6837 9519, e-mail: or Ms Lina Yong (DID: 6837 9522,



  • Annex 1 – 2003 National Piano and Violin Competition Fact Sheet
  • Annex 2 – Competition Schedule
  • Annex 3 – Profiles of Adjudicators