Exhibition of Fine Rare Instruments at the Singapore International Violin Competition
An exhibition of fine rare instruments from the prestigious Rin Collection will be on display during the inaugural Singapore International Violin Competition 20 15. The philosophy of the owner of the collection, Mr. Rin Kei
Mei, undoubtedly one of the world’s most important collectors today, is simply to help as many aspiring young musicians as possible perfect their art using as good an instrument as possible.
Mr Rin’s idea came to life over 17 years ago, when in Beijing on a business trip. There, he stumbled upon some students from the Central Conservatory of Music performing at a hotel lobby. These students displayed fantastic
technical ability but their sound was terrible. Upon closer observation, he found that they were using very mediocre instruments that produced shrill pitches, typical of the Chinese violins of the past. Suffice to say Mr Rin was
immediately motivated to help.
Mr Rin’s collection now boasts over 500 violins, violas and cellos that are loaned to musicians all over the world including musicians from the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music (Singapore), Shanghai Conservatory and Central
Conservatory of Music (Beijing). The collection includes some of the world’s most valuable instruments including Antonio Stradivari, Guarneris and Amatis.
The Rin Collection is a true feast for the eyes. You can name all the great violinmakers, and you can guarantee there will be least one of them in this superb collection. A selection of instruments from the Rin Collection is on display during the Inaugural Singapore International Violin Competition at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music from 10 -16 January 2015 between 1:30 – 8:30pm daily.
Prior registration via email is required for the Rin instruments try-out session to be held on Saturday, 17 January 2015 between 11:00 am – 5:00 pm.
The Singapore International Violin Competition was launched in June 2014 as a landmark cultural initiative for Singapore and South-East Asia. The international level competition serves as a showcase for aspiring professional
violinists from around the world. 35 violinists from 14 countries will visit Singapore from 10-21 January 2015 to perform in 9 live rounds to
decide the winner at Singapore’s most prestigious concert halls. Among the 35 final candidates are recent prizewinners of Hannover, Henri Marteau, Isang Yun, Pablo Sarasate and Sibelius Competitions. The competition is
expected to be thrilling as Singapore welcomes some of the best upcoming violinists today to its stages throughout the competition.
Tickets for the final rounds concerts are now on sale at SISTIC from $10.00.
The competition winner will receive a First Prize of USD$50,000, a recording produced and distributed globally by Naxos, international performance opportunities with some of the worlds’ great orchestras and access to a 3-
year instrument loan from the collection of fine rare instruments of Mr & Mrs Rin Kei Mei. The competition is being hosted by the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music at the National University of
Singapore, and is supported by Far East Organisation, Hong Leong Foundation, Lee Foundation, Mr & Mrs Rin
Kei Mei and the National Arts Council of Singapore.
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