Tseng Yu-Chien Wins the Inaugural Singapore International Violin Competition 2015!

22 JAN 2015

Last night saw the conclusion of the inaugural Singapore International Violin Competition at a spectacular Grand Final concert at Esplanade Theatres on the Bay with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Vladimir Verbitsky with Tseng Yu-Chien from Taiwan taking the coveted first prize following a superb, world class performance.

After almost two weeks of live rounds and deliberations across the city’s three concert halls, the 35 strong final candidates from 14 countries were reduced to a final three who confidently took the stage to compete for the coveted prizes.

Richard Lin from Taiwan was awarded second prize and Sirena Huang from USA was awarded third prize by the acclaimed international jury. Nine other prizes were awarded to competitors including the Audience Prize (audience vote by ballot at the end of the three performances) which was awarded to Richard Lin from Taiwan who was the clear audience favourite for the night.

148 applications were received from 27 countries overall for the competition, with applicants from China, USA, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore and Poland forming the bulk of the applications with many other European countries, Russia, Australia and Canada also represented, proving the truly global nature of the competition.

As the winner of the competition, Tseng Yu-Chien from Taiwan will receive a cash prize of USD$50,000, a recording produced and distributed globally by Naxos, international performance opportunities with some of the worlds’ great orchestras and concert halls and access to a 3-year instrument loan from the collection of fine rare instruments of Mr & Mrs Rin Kei Mei.

Tseng Yu-Chien from Taiwan, said on how he felt after winning the competition: “I was really thrilled to perform with all my friends who are amazing players. It was an unforgettable experience. A dream come true!”

Chair of the Jury, Qian Zhou on conclusion of the competition said: “We were thrilled to have such high level competitors at our inaugural competition. At each round it became more and more difficult to select those to go on to the next level, as the quality of the performances was truly world class. Even as the competition was so close, what was particularly enjoyable for me was to hear the personality of each violinist come through so clearly in their playing.”

The Singapore International Violin Competition was launched in April 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. 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. www.singaporeviolincompetition.com

Official Prizes
First Prize: USD50,000 Tseng Yu-Chien, Taiwan
Second Prize: USD25,000 Richard Lin, Taiwan
Third Prize: USD 6,000 Sirena Huang, USA
Fourth Prize: USD 5,000 Alexandra Conunova, Moldova
Fifth Prize: USD 4,000 Lim Hyun Jae, South Korea
Sixth Prize: USD 4,000 Fedor Rudin, France

*All cash prizes are offered net of tax. All six prizes are eligible for a 3-year violin loan from the Rin Collection (Stradivari, Guarneri, Amati, JB Guadagnini and Montagnana) Plus the winner of the competition receives an exclusive recording on the Naxos label, including physical and digital distribution worldwide.

Special Prizes:
The Goh Soon Tioe Violin and Piano Recital Prize: USD 5,000 Richard Lin, Taiwan
Audience Prize: USD 2,000 Richard Lin, Taiwan
Best Performance of Commissioned Work: USD 1,000 Sirena Huang, USA Best Performance of Bach: USD 1,000 Lim Hyun Jae, South Korea
Best Performance of Paganini Caprice: USD 1,000 Sirena Huang, USA
Master Bow by Pierre Guillaume awarded to Best Singaporean Performer: Loh Jun Hong, Singapore (Courtesy of Gramercy Music)

Laureates’ Concerts and Recordings:
Professional engagements and performance opportunities will be arranged for the laureates of the competition.
These include: London Philarmonic Orchestra Festival International Echternach, Luxembourg Rudolfinum Prague, Czech Philharmonic Schroeder Hall, Green Music Centre Hangzhou Philharmonic Orchestra Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra Symphony Orchestra of India West Australian Symphony Orchestra Other recital and concerto opportunities in Japan (through Aspen Incorporated, Singapore, China and Poland).

The Jury: QIAN ZHOU Singapore (Chair) PIERRE AMOYAL France SHMUEL ASHKENASI U.S.A. NAM YUN KIM South Korea TAKASHI SHIMIZU Japan VILMOS SZABADI Hungary DIMA TKACHENKO Ukraine TONG WEI DONG China KRZYSZTOF WEGRZYNGermany

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