National Arts Council and Singapore Chinese Orchestra Celebrate Achievements of Young Talents in Chinese Music


Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong graces highlight event at 2012 National Chinese Music Competition


The National Arts Council (NAC) and Singapore Chinese Orchestra (SCO) are pleased to announce the winners of the 2012 National Chinese Music Competition, following 11 days of intense competition among 389 participants. Winners also had the honour of receiving the awards from Guest-of-Honour, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, as well as Acting Minister Lawrence Wong at the Prize Winners’ Concert & Prize Presentation Ceremony, held this evening at the Singapore Conference Hall. Selected winners also enjoyed the privilege of performing alongside the SCO at the concert.


2          This competition attests to the highest standards of Chinese orchestral music in Singapore, motivating competitors to strive for high levels of artistic excellence. In its 8th edition this year, the National Chinese Music Competition has since propelled many Chinese musicians into the scene, and has become a fixture on the calendars of many Chinese music enthusiasts who look forward to participants’ performances during the competition rounds and the hallmark Prize Winners’ Concert & Prize Presentation Ceremony. A series of master classes was conducted on 8 December, where competitors also got to meet and learn from renowned practitioners in Chinese music from Singapore and around the world, who were present as adjudicators for the competition. Some of these practitioners include Jiang Guo Ji, Kwok Chin Chye and Hao Yi Fan.


3          Mr Qu Chun Quan, an adjudicator for both the preliminary and final rounds, said, “This year’s competition saw many outstanding talents who portrayed not just excellence in their craft, but determination and focus as well, which are key attributes needed to set a good foundation when pursuing music. We hope that all participants have learnt from their experiences at this national competition and continue to build on their achievements.”


4          Elaine Ng, Director of Sector Development, NAC, said, “The Council has been working to develop and promote traditional art forms, as they offer rich insights to our heritage and culture. Chinese orchestral music is a longstanding traditional art form where we hope to encourage artistic excellence, attract fresh talent and continually grow the audience base. Through this collaboration with the Singapore Chinese Orchestra, we hope to see an increased interest in Chinese music, and provide more opportunities for budding musicians to hone their skills, perform alongside professional musicians, and gain greater exposure to the craft.”


5          Terence Ho, General Manager, SCO, said, “We are delighted to once again work with the National Arts Council for this competition. We are encouraged to see so many Chinese music enthusiasts come together for a common passion. This is definitely a positive sign, and we look forward to nurturing more young talent, and providing them suitable performing opportunities with the orchestra.”


6          For a full list of winners, please refer to the attached Appendix.