Classical music lovers! If the elegant, emotive sounds of the violin is bliss to your ears, pencil in the Singapore International Violin Competition into your diaries. The inaugural edition of this triennial competition, happening from 10-21 January 2015, is the ideal place to catch the world’s most nimble-fingered young talents playing their hearts out.
The festival’s panel has picked 35 promising finalists from 14 different countries, including Finland and Moldova, to perform classical masterpieces in three live rounds (10-12 January). These will take place in the National University of Singapore’s Yong Siew Toh Conservatory Concert Hall, Victoria Concert Hall and the Esplanade Concert Hall.
After the preliminary performances, twelve finalists will move on to the semi-finals (14-16 January) and perform an hour-long recital each, featuring works from Beethoven, Brahms and more. The finals (18-19 January) will winnow the competition down to six strong contenders, who will perform one of Mozart’s famous concertos with the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory Orchestra. After another round of judging, the remaining top three will perform a final full concerto with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra at the grand finals (21 January).
Aside from the prestige of emerging victorious, the grand winner will get a whopping US$50,000, agency representation and the chance to perform professionally at renowned venues around the world. We hear a concerto with the London Philharmonic Orchestra will be on the table – how wicked!
Chuffed at the chance to see one of the world’s future violin virtuousos catch their big break? Tickets to all the live rounds are now on sale at Sistic. For the full schedule and more information, visit the official website or the Facebook page.
The Singapore International Violin Competition has now ended. Congratulations to the wonderful, talented winners!
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
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