Congratulations to our winners!

Official Prizes

First Prize: Tseng Yu-Chien
Second Prize: Richard Lin
Third Prize: Sirena Huang
Fourth Prize: Alexandra Cononuva
Fifth Prize: Lim Hyun Jae
Sixth Prize: Fedor Rudin

Special Prizes

Master Bow by Pierre Guillaume awarded to Best Singaporean Performer: Loh Jun Hong
Goh Soon Tioe Violin and Piano Recital Prize: Richard Lin
Best Performer of Commissioned Work: Sirena Huang
Best Performance of Bach: Lim Hyun Jae
Best Performance of Paganini Caprice: Sirena Huang
Audience Prize: Richard Lin


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First Round - 10-12 January
Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music - Free admission

Semi-Finals- 14-16 January
Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music – Free seating at SGD$10
Free admission to NUS faculty, staff and student upon presentation of valid NUS staff or student card, subject to availability on a first-come-first serve basis.

Finals – 18-19 January
Victoria Concert Hall - SGD$15 

Grand Finals & Award Ceremony – 21 January
Esplanade Concert Hall – SGD $15 / $25

SEASON TICKET – $60.00 for 6 days/6 rounds including semi-finals, finals and grand final.
Group booking discount of 10% for a group of 20 or more. This is only applicable for tickets to individual rounds, with the exception of Grand Final.


A detailed schedule will be sent to all shortlisted candidates upon confirmation. Click here for detailed competition timings.

10 Oct 2014 Announcement of Successful candidates
31 Oct 2014 Deadline for Repertoire submission 
9 Jan 2015 by 4pm Official Registration
10 Jan 2015 First Round Session 1
11 Jan 2015 First Round Session 2
12 Jan 2015 First Round Session 3 
13 Jan 2015 Free day
14 Jan 2015


Semifinals Round Session 1

2.30pm ------Anna Lee, South Korea
4pm ----------Fedor Rudin, France
7pm ----------Sirena Huang, USA
8.30pm------Alexandra Conunova, Moldova


15 Jan 2015

Semi-finals Round Session 2

2.30pm------ Korniev Oleksandr, Ukraine
4pm-----------Tseng Yu-Chien, Taiwan
7pm-----------Loh Jun Hong, Singapore
8.30pm-------Chisa Kitagawa, Japan


16 Jan 2015

Semifinals Round Session 3

2.30pm------Richard Lin, Taiwan
4pm ----------Petteri Iivonen, Finland
7pm-----------Lim Hyun Jae, South Korea
8.30pm-------Ryota Kuratomi, Japan


17 Jan 2015   Free day
18 Jan 2015 


Finals Session I 

Fedor Rudin, Sirena Huang, Alexandra Conunova

19 Jan 2015


Finals Session II  

Tseng Yu-Chien, Richard Lin, Lim Hyun Jae

20 Jan 2015

Free day

21 Jan 2015 Grand Finals

                                                                 *Schedule subject to changes


Grand Finals- Maestro Vladimir Verbitsky

Russian-born Vladimir Verbitsky is a graduate of the Leningrad Conservatoire where he studied piano together with choral, operatic and symphonic conducting. Following graduation he studied with Yevgeny Mravinsky, Chief Conductor of the legendary Leningrad Philharmonic, and made his Moscow debut at the invitation of outstanding pianist Emil Gilels, with whom he subsequently appeared on numerous occasions.

In Russia he regularly conducts all major orchestras as well as continuing his long association with the Voronezh Philharmonic of which he has been Chief Conductor and Music Director since 1972. He also held position of Chief Conductor of the Slovak Philharmonic, and Music Director of Orchestra Victoria, Australia, Chief Conductor of the Saratov Philharmonic.

As a Guest Conductor of the USSR State Symphony, Verbitsky performed in Europe, USA, Japan, Hong Kong, countries of the South America. His recent international engagements in 2012 -2013 have included concerts with the Taipei Symphony Orchestra (Taiwan), Australia, Switzerland, Italy and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (USA).

As a professor, he works with youth orchestras at the Voronezh Academy of Arts in Russia, West Australian University in Perth and National Academy of Music in Melbourne, Australia. He annually conducts the Young Performers Awards Competition concerts in Australia and is on the adjudication panel for that competition to choose a winner.

He conducts concerts at the Russian Winter Festival in Moscow, the "Stars of the XXI Century - Young Talents of Russia" concert series of the St.Petersburg and Moscow Philharmonics, Platonov’ International Festival in Voronezh and others. He has conducted many world premieres of works by Australian, New Zealand and Russian composers.'

The year 2012 was a very special year for Vladimir Verbitsky: the Voronezh Philharmonic Orchestra and the Voronezh Academy of Arts celebrated the 40th Anniversary of their fruitful collaboration, the West Australian Symphony Orchestra marked the 25th Anniversary of their successful association with two Gala Concerts. 

In June 2013 Vladimir added one more medal to his collection: the Medal from the Governor of the Voronezh Region "For the Labour to the Good of Voronezh Land ".

During the season 2013-2014 Vladimir conducted orchestras in Voronezh, Minsk, Novosibirsk, St.Petersburg, Perth, Lugano,  Taipei, worked as a member of the adjudication panel of the Young Performers Competition in Astana, Kazakhstan, performed on International Platonov’s Festival. The city of Voronezh music, theatre organizations and Philharmonic audience expressed their highest respect to Vladimir Verbitsky by celebrating his 70th birthday, by choosing him “Leader of the Year” of the Voronezh Region. The Head of Russian Orthodox Church in the Voronezh Region awarded Vladimir by the Medal for his outstanding achievements in classical music performances, education and agitation.

Maestro Verbitsky's biography appears annually in Who is Who in Western Australia,Who is Who in Australia, Who is Who in the World annual editions: Who’s Who in America, Marquis Who’s Who Publications; EUROPA WORLD PLUS, Routledge Europa Biographical Reference Series/ International Who’s Who in Classical Music

Information about Maestro Verbitsky may be also found at the following websites:


Finals- Maestro Jason Lai

Jason Lai is a leading light in a new generation of Asian conductors and has recently been appointed Associate Conductor for both the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and the Hong Kong Sinfonietta. He is also the Principal Conductor of the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory Orchestra.

Early success came when he won the BBC Young Conductors Workshop in 2002 and was awarded the post of Assistant Conductor to the BBC Philharmonic. His successful tenure with the orchestra gave him the opportunity to work closely with principal conductor Gianandrea Noseda, and to conduct other BBC orchestras and the BBC Singers in various concerts and recordings which have been broadcast on Radio 3, he made his BBC Proms debut with the BBC Philharmonic in 2003.

Jason was also a prize winner at the Leeds Conducting Competition and has assisted or taken part in masterclasses with Pierre Boulez, Colin Davis, Valery Gergiev, Simon Rattle, Daniel Harding, Claus Peter Flor, Eiji Oue and Robert Spano.

He has conducted the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Halle Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Norrkoping Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Malaysian Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic and Hong Kong Sinfonietta.

There have also been appearances with the Ulster Orchestra, Liverpool Mozart Orchestra, Bampton Classical Opera, Salomon Orchestra, Haydn Chamber Orchestra, Havant Symphony Orchestra, Paragon Ensemble, National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, Singapore National Youth Orchestra, Orpheus Sinfonia, Evergreen Orchestra and Taipei Symphony Orchestra.

Opera credits include Manon with English Touring Opera; Tsarina's Shoes, Albert Herring, Beggar's Opera and Penelope with Guildhall Opera; Don Giovanni and L'infedeltà delusa with Bampton Opera; and Serse with British Youth Opera.

In addition to his conducting Jason is also a broadcaster and he has appeared on the panel of BBC Young Musician of the Year competition and was a judge for the BBC2 classical talent show Classical Star. He was one of the conducting mentors in the BBC2 series Maestro and won the competition with his celebrity student comedienne Sue Perkins. Other TV appearances include Clash for CBBC, How a Choir Works for BBC4 and The Culture Show for BBC2.

Born in the UK Jason Lai began his musical studies at the age of eleven and was awarded a scholarship to Chetham’s School of Music to study cello with Raphael Wallfisch and Gillian Thoday. A Hadow Scholarship enabled him to study cello and composition at Oxford University where he also toured extensively with the Allegri Quartet. After becoming a finalist in the BBC Young Composers Award his piece Synopsis was performed by London Sinfonietta. He completed his studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he was awarded the Fellowship in Conducting.

More about Maestro Jason Lai at:


A fine display of orchestral bravado for the SSO and Shui
The Guardian
A premier Asian orchestra gaining recognition around the world, the Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) aims to enrich the local cultural scene, serving as a bridge between the musical traditions of Asia and the West, and providing artistic inspiration, entertainment and education. A full-time professional orchestra with 96 members, the SSO now makes its performing home at the Esplanade Concert Hall, and also performs regularly at the Victoria Concert Hall, home of the SSO since 1979. The SSO performs over 50 symphonic programmes a year. Its versatile repertoire spans the all-time favourites and orchestral masterpieces to exciting cutting-edge premieres, with Asian and Singaporean musicians and composers featuring prominently in the concert season.
In September 2014 the SSO’s debut at the BBC Proms in London received critical acclaim in the major UK newspapers The Guardian and Telegraph. In 2010 the SSO’s 6-city tour of London and Germany, which included a concert at the Berlin Philharmonie, garnered rave reviews from The Times and Sueddeutsche Zeitung. The SSO has also performed in America, China, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Italy, Japan, France, Spain and Turkey.
Since Lan Shui assumed the position of Music Director in 1997, the SSO has been distinguished by a high level of excellence and a rising international profile. Choo Hoey, who was Music Director from 1979 to 1996, is credited for developing the SSO with his diverse programming.
Among the SSO’s recordings under BIS are a number of CDs which have earned international acclaim, including a Rachmaninov series, a Seascapes album featuring a compilation of sea-themed music by Debussy, Frank Bridge, Glazunov and Zhou Long, and the first-ever cycle of Tcherepnin’s piano concertos and symphonies. The SSO has also recorded the music of Chen Yi, Bright Sheng, Karl Goldmark and Richard Yardumian, collaborating with such great artists as Gil Shaham, Evelyn Glennie, Cho-Liang Lin, Noriko Ogawa, Yevgeny Sudbin, Sharon Bezaly, Claude Delangle, Christian Lindberg and Martin Frost.


The Conservatory Orchestra was established in 2003 under Music Directors Chan Tze Law (2003-2006) and Wang Ya-Hui (2006-2009). Currently led by Principal Conductor, Jason Lai (since 2009), the orchestra provides professional training opportunities and performance events for the Conservatory’s orchestral students, exposing them to the music of the 18th through 21st centuries. Each season, the Conservatory Orchestra performs a series of public concerts in Singapore's major concert halls with programmes that includes a cross-section of the standard orchestral repertoire supplemented by new works and lesser-known compositions. The orchestra has performed such concerts under the baton of Christopher Adey, Yip Wing-Sie, Leon Fleisher, Takuo Yuasa, Claus Peter Flor, Eiji Oue, Mark Wigglesworth and Robert Spano while masterclasses / open rehearsals have been led by Maestros Alan Gilbert, Esa-Pekka Salonen, John Nelson and Yu Long amongst others. This season, the Conservatory Orchestra performances have included several concerts in the Singapore International Arts Festival in collaboration with members of the London Sinfonietta (conductor Sian Edwards) and a Victoria Concert Hall appearance with Gabor Takacs-Nagy (performing works by Beethoven and Rachmaninoff). Upcoming concerts include a Schumann – Webern Concert in collaboration with Melvyn Tan and members of the Orchestre des Champs-Elysees (14 March) and a premiere of John Tavener’s final work for choir and orchestra, Flood of Beauty, at the Esplanade Concert Hall (17 April).



Russian pianist Kerim Vergazov was the first prize winner at international music competitions in Kiev and Lvov ( Ukraine) in 2000. In addition, he was also awarded the first prize at the Sergei Rachmaninov Piano Competition ( Leningrad) in 1985 and the All-Union Piano Competition (North-Western Region) in 1979.

Prior to coming to Singapore, Kerim Vergazov was a full-time piano accompanist for 18 years at the St. Petersburg State Conservatory in the Departments of Choral Conducting, Orchestral Conducting, French Horn, Bassoon, Opera Direction and Vocal Studies. Aside from this, his professional career includes appointments as the piano accompanist at the Mariinsky Theatre from 1992-1995, at the Leningrad State Special Music School for Gifted Children from 1984-1985 and at the Leningrad State Music School No. 4 from 1980-1984.

Kerim Vergazov's studied piano with Prof Roman Lebedev at the Leningrad State Conservatory (now St. Petersburg State Conservatory). His other teachers included Ida Shamayeva at the M. Mussorgsky High School for Music and Evgenia Soboleva at the Leningrad State Special Music School for Gifted Children.


A full-time Instructor and accompaniment faculty in Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, NUS, Liu Jia has accompanied students, Artist Faculties and visiting artists in many recitals and concerts, and worked with several world- renowned musicians and visiting professors in the recitals and master-classes including Vilmos Szabadi, Cho-Liang Lin, Renaud Capuçon, Pierre Amoyal, Midori Koto, Imai Nobuko, James Galway, Kim Walker, Barry Tuckwell.

Liu Jia has worked as an accompanist with Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and Singapore Lyric Opera, among others.
Active in the chamber scene, Liu performs regularly in the SSO chamber series and founded the “Feng Piano Trio” with other two SSO musicians in 2001. As a special guest, Liu Jia has collaborated with local and international musicians in performances such as HSBC Youth Excellence Initiative Awards Ceremony, with President S.R. Nathan as a special guest; Japan-ASAN Cultural Exchange Program “Ensemble Series”; BUFFET CRAMPON showcase in Singapore; the First National Clarinet Competition in Singapore; Flute Festival 2010 at YSTCM, as well as SSO special concert-Tribute for S.R.Nathan (Ex-President). And Performance tour in Beijing, Shanghai, Taiwan and cities in Malaysia.

As a soloist, she has performed with Singapore Symphony of Orchestra as well as major orchestras in China, including the China Film Symphony Orchestra and Beijing Symphony Orchestra. She also performs regularly on a freelance basis with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra in concerts and recordings. At age of 12, Liu Jia entered the Middle School Attach to Central Conservatory of Music, China studied with Prof. ZHENG Li Qin, WU Ying and LING Yuan. She furthered her education in the Piano Department of Central Conservatory of Music with Prof. GUO Zhi Hong as a scholarship student at 1993. After received the Bachelor Degree, she enrolled 2 years course of Master Degree without sitting for the entrance examinations for rewarding her excellent results from 1997 to 1998.


2006 Young Artist Award recipient Lim Yan started playing the piano at the age of five and was a student of Ms Lim Tshui Ling before leaving for Manchester in 1993. There, he attended Chetham’s School of Music under the tutelage of first David Hartigan and later Ronan O’Hora, who was also his tutor at the University of Manchester and the Royal Northern College of Music.

A seasoned recitalist and concerto soloist, Yan’s work has taken him all over Europe and Asia, including performances at the Cheltenham Festival, the Beijing International Piano Festival and the Aberdeen International Youth Festival. Back home, he has performed with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Orchestra of the Music Makers. He was also the soloist for the visit of the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra in April 2009. Yan has been on the faculty at the School of the Arts since its inception in 2008. He also teaches at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts as well as the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music.

GE Xiaozhe

Born in China, Ge Xiaozhe began his piano studies under Ms. Miao Xiaoyan and Prof. Dan Zhaoyi, in Shenzhen Arts School. Subsequently, Xiaozhe was granted full scholarship at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music in Singapore and studied under Prof Thomas Hecht.
Xiaozhe is the 3rd prizewinner (1st and 2nd vacant) at the 6th International Chopin Piano Competition in Asia (prelim in China), and performed Chopin’s “Grande Polonaise Brilliant” with the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra in 2004. He also participated in the Piano Texas Academy and Festival in 2007. He was also grand prizewinner at the Conservatory Concerto Competitions and performed his winning concerto, Prokofiev's 3rd Piano concerto with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra in 2014. Xiaozhe is currently an artist faculty at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music.


Emily Koh is an award-winning young composer of contemporary classical music based in Boston MA, and a native of Singapore. Described as ‘the future of composing’ (The Straits Times, Singapore), her musical interest is currently directed at creating inventive instrumental timbres and acoustic spacialization. She is the recipient of awards such as the Yoshiro Irino Memorial Prize, ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award, Prix D’Ete, and PARMA competitions, commissions from the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition, Composers Conference at Wellesley College, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, Dinosaur Annex Music Ensemble and grants from New Music USA, Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy and Paul Abisheganaden Grant from Artistic Excellence.

Emily’s works have been described as “beautifully eerie” (New York Times), and “subtley spicy” (Baltimore Sun), and have been performed at various venues around the world in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, the Netherlands, Italy, France, Finland, Israel, the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States by acclaimed ensembles and performers such as Talea Ensemble (USA), Ensemble Dal Niente (USA), New York New Music Ensemble (USA), Signal Ensemble (USA), Boston New Music Initiative (USA), New Thread Quartet (USA), Acoustic Uproar (USA), LUNAR Ensemble (USA), East Coast Contemporary Ensemble (USA/Europe), Avanti! (Finland), Israel Contemporary Players (Israel), Sentieri Selvaggi (Italy), the Next Mushroom Promotion (Japan), Chroma Ensemble (UK), The Philharmonic Orchestra (Singapore), Dingyi Music Company (Singapore) and Chamber Sounds (Singapore) among others. She is currently the Director of Concert Series at the Boston New Music Initiative, Principal Bass at the New England Philharmonic and a Ph.D. candidate in Music Composition and Theory at Brandeis University.

Her commissioned piece, kilo<byte> will be performed during the semi-final round.

Learn more about Emily at

Photo credit: Marije van den Berg


J. S. BACH One of the following unaccompanied works:
1. Adagio and Fuga from the Sonata No. 1 in G minor, B.W.V. 1001
2. Grave and Fuga from the Sonata No. 2 in A minor, B.W .V . 1003
3. Ciaccona from the Partita No. 2 in D minor, B.W .V . 1004
4. Adagio and Fuga from the Sonata No. 3 in C major, B.W .V . 1005
W. A. MOZART Second movement from Violin concerto No. 3, 4, or 5, with piano accompaniment
N. PAGANINI One of the 24 Caprices
FIRST ROUND (Conservatory Concert Hall) 
All participants are required to play the following A, B, and C:
J. S. BACH One of the following unaccompanied works:
1. Adagio and Fuga from the Sonata No. 1 in G minor, B.W.V. 1001
2. Grave and Fuga from the Sonata No. 2 in A minor, B.W .V . 1003
3. Ciaccona from the Partita No. 2 in D minor, B.W .V . 1004
4. Adagio and Fuga from the Sonata No. 3 in C major, B.W .V . 1005

N. PAGANINI Any two Caprices for unaccompanied violin.
F. KREISLER One of original works for violin and piano or solo violin
SEMI-FINAL (Conservatory Concert Hall) – 12 candidates
A recital program for a minimum of 60 minutes, which may not exceed 75 minutes in the total performance time. The recital must include the following sets A, B, C and D.
One of the following violin-piano sonatas:
W. A. MOZART 1. Sonata in B flat Major K. 454
2. Sonata in E Flat Major, K.481
3. Sonata in A Major, K.526

L. VAN BEETHOVEN 1. Sonata No. 1 in D major, Op. 12/1
2. Sonata No. 2 in A major, Op. 12/2
3. Sonata No. 3 in E-flat major, Op. 12/3
4. Sonata No. 4 in A minor, Op. 23
5. Sonata No. 5 in F major, Op. 24
6. Sonata No. 6 in A major, Op. 30/1
7. Sonata No. 7 in C minor, Op. 30/2
8. Sonata No. 8 in G major, Op. 30/3
9. Sonata No. 10 in G major, Op. 96

One violin-piano (or solo) sonata from the following list:
B. BARTÓK Sonata for Solo Violin, Sz. 117
J. BRAHMS Sonata No. 1 in G major, Op. 78 
Sonata No. 2 in A major, Op. 100 
Sonata No. 3 in D minor, Op. 108 
C. DEBUSSY Sonata No. 3 in G minor 
G. FAURÉ Sonata No. 1 in A major, Op. 13 
C. FRANCK Sonata in A major 
S. PROKOFIEV Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 80 
Sonata No. 2 in D major, Op. 94a 
M. RAVEL Sonata in G major 
F. SCHUBERT Duo in A major, D. 574 (Op. 162)
R. SCHUMANN Sonata No. 1 in A minor, Op. 105 
R. STRAUSS Sonata in E-flat major, Op. 18
I. STRAVINSKY Divertimento
One of the following works:
E. CHAUSSON Poème, Op. 25 
H. ERNST The last rose of Summer 
A. GINASTERA Pampeana no. 1, Op.16
N. PAGANINI I Palpiti, Op. 13 
Le Streghe
Nel cor piu non mi sento
M. RAVEL Tzigane 
C. SAINT-SAËNS Havanaise, Op. 83 
Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 28
C. SAINT-SAËNS/E. YSAŸE Caprice d'apres l'etude en forme de valse
P. SARASATE Carmen Fantasy 
F. SCHUBERT Rondo in B minor, D.895 (Op. 70)
F. WAXMAN Carmen Fantasy (after Bizet)
H. WIENIAWSKI Polonaise in D major, Op. 4 
Polonaise Brillante, in A major, Op. 21 
Faust Fantasy, Op. 20
Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 15
E. YSAŸE One of the sonatas for solo violin, Op. 27
Poème élégiaque, Op.12
Commissioned Work (Violin and Piano / Solo Violin) 
The commissioned work will be sent to each participant two months prior to the Competition. (Duration 5’-7’)
FINAL ROUND (Victoria Concert Hall)  
Each of the 6 finalists will perform one of the following works with the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory Orchestra

W. A. MOZART Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K216
  Violin Concerto No.4 in D major, K218
  Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, K219
GRAND FINAL (Esplanade Concert Hall) 
Each of the 3 finalists will perform one of the following works with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra

J. BRAHMS    Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77
L. VAN BEETHOVEN Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61
A. DVOŘÁK Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53
P. I. TCHAIKOVSKY Violin Concerto D Major, Op. 35
J. SIBELIUS Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47
N. PAGANINI Violin Concerto No. 1 in D Major, Op. 6
S. PROKOFIEV Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 63
F. MENDELSSOHN Violin Concerto in E minor Op. 64


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