National Arts Council

National Piano and Violin Competition opens for registration today

Press Release  •  Apr 13, 2011 17:11 SGT

The 8th edition of the National Piano and Violin competition (NPVC) has launched an open call for original works today. This new platform for composers has been created as an initiative to raise performing standards as well as identify composing talent. The winning piano and violin compositions will be used as set pieces for the Senior and Artist category participants.

“Many talented young musicians have been discovered and nurtured through the National Piano and Violin Competition. Over the years, we have seen many participants and winners of the competitions moving on to win international competitions and enjoy a career in music. For this edition of the competition, we have introduced set repertoires in line with international competitions and practices. To raise the performing bar further, we have launched an open call for fresh works in which the winning entries will be the set pieces. Participants will have to demonstrate greater analytical skills in interpreting the new compositions which have never been performed before. The open call also encourages composers to write original scores as we recognise the importance of composers in developing the music scene further,” said Elaine Ng, Director of Sector Development in National Arts Council (NAC).

Chairman of the NPVC Advisory Committee, Associate Professor Kelly Tang added, “While the competition has been successful in grooming promising musicians, the time is ripe to cultivate composing talent. A substantial trove of new works, created via this national platform, will further establish Singapore as a global arts city, marked by its unique musical voice. It is such synergistic interplay between performers and composers that results in a catalytic effect to encourage the continued flourishing of the Singapore music scene.”

About the Goh Soon Tioe Outstanding Performer Award

To mark the centenary year of  the late violin maestro, Goh Soon Tioe, who was a  pioneer in the development of  classical music in Singapore, his daughter Vivien Goh has established the Goh Soon Tioe Outstanding Performer Award. For three editions of the competition, $10,000 will be awarded to a violinist at the competition who has demonstrated outstanding qualities as a musician and performer. The winner will be selected by the panel of adjudicators and announced during the Prize Winners’ Concert. The winner may use the award to undertake music programmes or subsidise expenses which will assist his or her musical development in the violin.  Singaporeans and PRs are eligible for this award and each awardee can receive the prize only once.

“In his student days, my father benefitted greatly from the generosity of several musicians and he never forgot their kindness.  An internationally renowned violinist and pedagogue, he strove to return the debt by being a mentor to young talent in Singapore.  As we celebrate the centenary of his birth, I have set up the Goh Soon Tioe Outstanding Performer Award to commemorate his relentless pursuit of excellence, his dedication to nurturing talent and passion for music,” said Goh, herself a Cultural Medallion recipient for Music. 

About the National Piano and Violin Competition

The 2011 NPVC, organised by NAC, aims to develop the skills of young classical musicians, providing them with the opportunity and experience to compete before an international panel on the performing front. Registration for the biennial event opens today

The NPVC is open to pianists and violinists aged 25 years and below who are Singaporeans and permanent residents. Foreigners studying, working or residing in Singapore are eligible to participate in the Artist category. There are four age categories for each instrument – Junior, Intermediate, Senior and Artist. Participants are required to perform works from at least three out of four periods of music - Baroque, Classical, Romantic and 20th Century to the present. They are encouraged to offer a balanced programme that will showcase their virtuosity in bringing out the contrasts in mood and approach.

The newly introduced composing initiative aims to raise the profile of Singapore composers and create a canon of quality original works. There is no set age for participants.

Young pianists and violinists who are interested in participating in the 2011 NPVC can log on to the NAC website www.nac.gov.sg/npvc for registration details and to download the application forms. Composers keen to submit their entries can refer to the same NAC website for more information. Composition entries must be submitted to the Council by Friday 10 June 2011, 5pm while piano and violin entries are to reach by Friday 12 August 2011, 5pm. 

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