Singapore, 4 June 2018 (Monday) – The National Chinese Music Competition, co-organised by the Singapore Chinese Orchestra (SCO) and the National Arts Council (NAC), is a platform that celebrates excellence in traditional Chinese music. This biennial competition aims to develop the performing skills of young musicians and identify promising new talents. It also provides opportunities for young musicians to perform on a competitive platform, before an international jury.

Ms Elaine Ng, Senior Director of Sector Development (Performing Arts), National Arts Council said, “The Competition is an important platform in discovering Singapore’s next generation of musicians to sustain our robust traditional Chinese music scene. The past ten editions have produced talents who have gone on to pursue professional careers in Chinese music. We hope that the Competition will continue to nurture a pipeline of talents in traditional Chinese music.”

Mr Terence Ho, Executive Director, SCO, said, “SCO is proud to co-organise the 11th edition of the National Chinese Music Competition in 2018 to celebrate excellence in traditional Chinese music in Singapore. We look forward to discover young talented musicians and continue to provide a competitive platform to showcase their virtuosity and nurture the future of Singaporean young musicians.”

Registration opens on 4 June 2018, Monday! This competition consists of two sections: Solo Section and Ensemble Section.

Under the Solo section, there are 3 age categories for Dizi / Erhu / Guzheng / Pipa / Sheng / Suona / Yangqin / Zhongruan which are as follows:

  • Junior: 12 years and below (born in or after 2006)
  • Youth: 18 years and below (born in or after 2000)
  • Open: 30 years and below (born in or after 1988)

The Ensemble Section is open for participants of 30 years old and below (born in or after 1988). Each ensemble shall consist of a minimum of 3 to a maximum of 20 members. There are 2 categories for the Ensemble section: Mixed Ensemble category and Single Instrumental Ensemble Category.

Each entry must be made on the official entry form and reach the Singapore Chinese Orchestra by 31 August 2018 (Friday), 5pm. Entries received thereafter will not be considered, and appeals will not be entertained either.

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2018-06-04-1 Singapore Chinese Orchestra and National Arts Council co-organises the 11th edition of the National Chinese Music Competition. Registration starts on 4 June!

2016 National Chinese Music Competition

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