Applications are now open for the event, designed to discover major new talent


The National Arts Council and National University of Singapore are launching a new Singapore International Violin Competition to discover major global talent. The event, scheduled to take place between 10 and 21 January 2015, hosted by the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music (pictured), offers a first prize of US$50,000, international professional engagements and introductions to leading artist agencies.

‘I am delighted with this initiative to create a platform for musical talents in our region to compete, and further their development and careers,’ said Kathy Lai, chief executive officer of National Arts Council Singapore. ‘I am especially thankful for the generosity of the private and corporate sponsors that have stepped forward to render their support to the host of the competition.'

Applications are now open for entrants aged between 17 and 30. Shortlisted competitors will be flown to Singapore in January for four live rounds before an international jury of nine members, chaired by Yong Siew Toh Conservatory head of strings, Qian Zhou, and including French violinist Pierre Amoyal and Vermeer Quartet founder Shmuel Ashkenasi.

Twelve competitors will perform a full recital in the semi-final and six finalists will perform a Mozart concerto with the Conservatory Orchestra at Singapore’s Victoria Concert Hall. The Grand Final, taking place on 21 January, will see three artists perform a major Romantic or 20th century concerto with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra at the Esplanade Concert Hall.

The competition is being supported by the Far East Organisation, Hong Leong Foundation, Lee Foundation and Mr and Mrs Rin Kei Mei.

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