Thursday, 10 December 2009


The National Piano & Violin Competition 2009 has begun, with the quarter, semi-final rounds held at Yong Siew Toh Conservatory (piano) and Esplanade Recital Studio (violin). The National Arts Council reports a record number of entries, 321 in total, including 215 for piano and 106 for violin. A sign that serious music-making by young people in Singapore is progressing at a more than rudely healthy pace.

The Steinway Grand at the
Yong Siew Toh Conservatory.

The Piano Artist Competition already looks like a mini-international piano competition. There are a record 42 participants, including Singaporeans and names from Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, China, Taiwan, Korea and Ukraine!

Masterclasses by the members of the jury will take place at the Young Musicians Society (Waterloo Street) on Saturday (12 December 2009). Jurors include: Rae de Lisle, Bryce Morrison & Logan Skelton (piano), Kam Ning, Dong-Suk Kang & Walter Verdehr (violin).

The Grand, Grand Finals on Sunday (13 December 2009) afternoon is going to be a marathon music-making session, likely to last some six hours (!!!) from 2 pm to 8 pm at Victoria Concert Hall. It will include six concerto performances (3 violin concertos & 3 piano concertos) with the Singapore Festival Orchestra conducted by Chan Tze Law, and solo performances from the winners of the junior, intermediate and senior categories for both piano & violin. Shades of Beethoven's Vienna 1808 super-concert!

Reviews of the grand finals and piano competition sessions will be posted later. In the meanwhile, enjoy the music! All tickets available at SISTIC.

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