Monday, 12 January 2015


The official car of the Singapore International
Violin Competition, from Renault.

Shame on me for having overslept, and missed the first two violinists in the second day of the Singapore International Violin Competition. Even the latest model of Renault (the SIVC's official car) would not have gotten me on time to the Conservatory. Thus I missed hearing Singapore's first participant Phang Lijia. 

The competition gets even stronger as the day progresses, and every player is performing at their highest level. There is hardly anybody who does not exhibit a pristine tone or a big sound. One wonders what violins they are playing. It is a pity that only 12 of 35 artists will proceed to the semi-final stage. 

Chen Yu-Ting (Taiwan) is one of the youngest participants,
but she performs with a great maturity.
Alexandra Conunova (Moldova) is one of few European
competitors. Interestingly there are none representing
the Russian Federation.
Oleksandr Korniev (Ukraine) is no stranger here,
as he is a YST student. 
Tseng Yu-Chien (Taiwan) s one my favourites to advance.

Lee Youjin (South Korea)
Mimi Jung (USA) is another member of
a very strong Korean contigency.
See Ian Ike (Singapore) is a home town favourite,
and his Bach Chaconne was a masterly performance.
Karen Kido (Japan)
Wong Yat Sze (Hong Kong) is on home territory,
as she is also a YST student.
Loh Jun Hong (Singapore) is one of the more
stylish performers, and how he moves
and sways to the music.
Chisa Kitagawa (Japan) plays with an outsized sonority,
that was totally impressive.
Timothy Chooi (Canada) is Malaysian by birth,
and he gets our whole-hearted support.

Another 13 performers to go, but work prevents me from getting to hear them all. The results of who will proceed to the semi-finals will be announced at 7 pm tonight. All the best! Check out the latest news in the competition website:

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