Singapore International Violin Competition names finalists

The Singapore International Violin Competition has named the 35 candidates who will compete in the inaugural event in January.

Violinists from 14 countries will perform in nine rounds in venues across Singapore.

The 35 candidates will perform a selection of violin repertoire, including kilo<byte>, a commissioned work by Emily Koh, a Singaporean composer based in the US.

Event organisers received more than 148 applications from 27 countries, including China, Japan, Taiwan, Russia, Australia and Canada.

Qian Zhou (pictured), head of the jury, said: ‘The quality of the violinists who applied for the competition was outstanding and it was really difficult to select the candidates. We have a wonderful group of 35 candidates from around the world coming to Singapore to showcase their extraordinary talent to be appreciated and enjoyed by the Singapore community.’

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The first prize winner will receive a USD50,000, a recording produced and distributed globally by Naxos, international performance opportunities and access to a three-year instrument loan from the collection of  Mr & Mrs Rin Kei Mei.

Launched in June this year, the Singapore International Violin 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.