The long road to Sydney, Australia begins in Singapore! On 25 January 2012 (3rd day of the Lunar New Year), the first hopefuls vying for a finals placing at the 2012 Sydney International Piano Competition will be performing their audition recitals at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (Recital Hall C5.02, Fifth Floor) at Bencoolen Street from 10 am. Admission is free.
The performing schedule and pianists are as follows:
10.00 Nima Jarchi (Iran)
10.30 Louis Page (USA)
11.00 Poom Prommachart (Thailand)
11.30 Pianist withdrawn
12.00 Jeremy Yeo (Malaysia)
12.30 Jing Jing Wang (China)
13.00 Jin Jin Wan (China)
What, no Singaporeans?
Each pianist will play a 30 minute recital that comprises repertoire from Stage I and II of the actual competition, which might include a virtuoso Étude from Chopin, Liszt, Scriabin or Rachmaninov, and a Prélude by Debussy (except Ce qua vu le vent d'Ouest).
To find the 36 finalists for the competition in July, auditions will be held in 10 cities worldwide, with Singapore being the first stop. The other cities are Rome, Vienna, Hamburg, London, Moscow, New York City, Los Angeles, Tokyo and Sydney.
This is the first time that an audition of an important international competition is being held in Singapore, and it promises to be an amazing race for the successful pianists who eventually make the trip Down Under. SIPCA (Sydney International Piano Competition of Australia) has one of the most gruelling of repertoire requirements but promises a bounty of prize money and concert opportunities for the winners. Given the strength of the Australian dollar these days, this competition has certainly become one of the "big ones".