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$50,000 Inaugural Singapore International Violin Competition Announced

In a landmark cultural initiative for Singapore and South-East Asia, it has been announced that the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music is set to host the inaugural triennial Singapore International Violin Competition - from the 10th-21st January, 2015.

Supported by the Far East Organisation, Hong Leong Foundation, Lee Foundation, Mr & Mrs Rin Kei Mei and the National Arts Council of Singapore, the 1st prize winner will receive an unprecedented USD $50,000 and a number of significant international performance opportunities - including a coveted solo engagement with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

“I am delighted with this initiative to create a platform for musical talents in our region to compete, and further their development and careers,” Ms Kathy Lai, Chief Executive Officer of the National Arts Council Singapore has said.

Open to candidates of all nationalities born after the 31st December 1984, the selection jury will short-list 32 competitors to be flown to Singapore for the three live rounds – with the final to take place on the 21st January with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra.

The esteemed jury will include: Chair Qian Zhou (Singapore), Pierre Amoyal (France), Shmuel Ashkenasi (USA), Nam Yun Kim (South Korea), Takashi Shimizu (Japan), Vilmos Szabadi (Hungary), Dima Tkachenko (Ukraine), Tong Wei Dong (China) and Krzysztof Wegrzyn (Germany).

Applications to be received by the 30th September, 2014.

For registration details, visit: www.singaporeviolincompetition.com

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