Naxos supports the inaugural Singapore International Violin Competition
January 10, 2015
The inaugural Singapore International Violin Competition got under way on 10 January, with 35 violinists from 14 countries competing for a first prize of USD$50,000, plus a recording produced by Naxos which will be distributed globally.
The competitors were selected from an initial field of 148 applications from 27 countries and will perform in the nine live rounds held across the city’s concert venues. All semi-finalists will be required to perform a new work, kilo<byte>, commissioned from Emily Koh, a Singaporean composer based in the United States. Those making it to the Finals and the Grand Final rounds will perform a concerto.
Qian Zhou, head of the competition jury, commented: “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.”
The Grand Final and Closing Ceremony will be held on 21 January, when the Singapore Symphony Orchestra will be conducted by Vladimir Verbitsky.
Click here for full details of the competition, including ticket information. www.singaporeviolincompetition.com.