Live Rounds Begin Today! At the Inaugural Singapore International Violin Competition








10 JAN 2016
The final live rounds for the inaugural Singapore International Violin Competition kick-off today in what promises to be a stunning world-class competition. The 35 violinists from 14 countries arrived in Singapore this week and will compete for the coveted prize in 9 live rounds across the city’s most prestigious concert venues. Among the 35 candidates (see full list following) aged between 19 to 26 include prizewinners from other major competitions and events from around the world (including ARD, Brahms, Enescu, Kreisler, Lipizer, Menuhin, Nielsen, Oistrakh, Postacchini, Queen Elizabeth, Sarasate, Sibelius, Spohr, Szigeti, Tibor Varga, Wienawski, Chengdu, China International, Michael Hill, Isang Yun, Montreal and Naumburg) alongside other players who are just emerging freshly now.

Over 148 applications were received from 27 countries, 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. 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 concert halls access to a 3-year instrument loan from the collection of fine rare instruments of Mr & Mrs Rin Kei Mei.

Director of the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, Bernard Lanskey said: “We are honored to have such world-class candidates take part in our inaugural competition here in Singapore. Thank you to our esteemed Jury and Artistic Committee, Founding Partners and Sponsors for all of their support to make the first Singapore International Violin Competition a success.”

According to Kathy Lai, CEO of Singapore’s National Arts Council: “Singapore is proud to provide a world class competition platform for aspiring professional musicians. We are thrilled to welcome the international visitors who have come to Singapore to participate in or witness the inaugural edition and wish all contestants the very best of luck.”

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. 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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