The 5th Steinway Youth Piano Competition

 2020 will see the 5th edition of the Steinway Youth Piano Competition for young aspiring musicians age 17 and below. The winner of the National Finals will proceed to The Regional Finals, where he or she will compete for the honor of representing Southeast Asia as a performer at the International Steinway Festival 2020 in Hamburg.

About Steinway Festival

The festival is a biennial event organised by Steinway & Sons in Hamburg, Germany. Its purpose is to identify, encourage and promote young pianists in the formative stages of their careers.
Since 1987, the much anticipated International Steinway Festival takes place every two years in Hamburg, Germany. Young pianists from different countries come together for a musical congregation, also known as a “Laeiszhalle”. Programs such as harbour tour or an exclusive dinner at the Steinway Factory would be amongst the many highlights of the Steinway Festival; where an important aspect of the festival is for these young talents to experience the culture of performing on stage, without having competition pressure.

The competition

The competition seeks to identify, encourage and promote young aspiring pianists in the development stages of their careers. In the national competitions, local Steinway dealers will administer countrywide auditions in the following Asian countries: Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam (Auditions for China and Japan are managed under separate auspices).

THE AMATEUR CLASS

For 2020, Steinway Gallery Singapore is proud to introduce a new component to the 5th Steinway Youth Piano Competition. The inaugural Amateur Class is for students who enjoy playing the piano for leisure but wish to have a formal recognition of their progress in their musical journey. Here the competition requirements are more flexible with no compulsory work required hence students have the freedom to choose pieces that would best represent their musical development. The First prize winner from each category will have the opportunity to participate as an observer in the International Steinway Festival 2020.

#STEINWAYIGSTARS2020 VOTING CONTEST

Want to be the FIRST IG Star at Steinway Singapore?
Winners of the IG Stars will get their very own video professionally produced by Steinway Singapore!
To be eligible for the IG Star public voting contest, all you have to do is to take part in the 5th Steinway Youth Piano Competition.
Here is what you need to do:

  1. Register to take part in the 5th Steinway Youth Piano Competition by filling out the registration form here
  2. Next, record a short video of 30 seconds or less of you playing your favorite piece on the piano.
  3. Remember to introduce your name and age in the video.
  4. Upload the video on to your Instagram account.
  5. Tag us @SteinwaySingapore
  6. Include the hashtag #SteinwayIGStars2020

Winners of the IG Stars will be announced on 12 June 2020.

Remember, creativity and uniqueness help you stand out! So get creative!

Schedule

Professional Class

Audition

Date: 24 – 25 February 2020 (Monday – Tuesday) 
Venue: Steinway Gallery Singapore*
* The organiser reserved the right to cancel, postpone or change the venue of the competition.

Grand finals

Date: 10 June 2020 (Wed)
Venue: Victoria Concert Hall

Amateur Class

Heats

Date: 4 & 5 June 2020 (Thur – Fri)
Venue: 10 Square Auditorium

* All venues and dates of the competition correct at the time of publication and subject to change in response to the COVID-19 situation.

Grand finals

Date: 10 June 2020 (Wed)
Venue: Victoria Concert Hall

Class, Repertoire requirements & Entry fee

Professional Class

Category 1 - Ages 11 and below (i.e. born on or after January 1, 2009)

Repertoire requirements

  • Participants must present 3 contrasting selections.
  • Repertoire must include the first movement of a Sonata by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Clementi or Schubert.
  • No concerti or transcriptions are allowed.
  • Participants are required to perform the exact same repertoire for further stages of the
    competition.
  • Auditions will be conducted in a continuous, live-recording manner. Re-takes are not
    allowed.

Duration
Maximum 20 minutes

Entry Fees
$250

Category 2 - Ages 12 to 14 (i.e. born between and inclusive of January 1, 2006 and December 31, 2008)

Repertoire requirements

  • Participants must present 3 contrasting selections.
  • Repertoire must include the first movement of a Sonata by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Clementi or Schubert.
  • No concerti or transcriptions are allowed.
  • Participants are required to perform the exact same repertoire for further stages of the
    competition.
  • Auditions will be conducted in a continuous, live-recording manner. Re-takes are not
    allowed.

Duration
Maximum 20 minutes

Entry Fees
$250

Category 3 - Ages 15 to 17 (i.e. born between and inclusive of January 1, 2003 and December 31, 2005)

Repertoire requirements

  • Participants must present 3 contrasting selections.
  • Repertoire must include the first movement of a Sonata by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Clementi or Schubert.
  • No concerti or transcriptions are allowed.
  • Participants are required to perform the exact same repertoire for further stages of the
    competition.
  • Auditions will be conducted in a continuous, live-recording manner. Re-takes are not
    allowed.

Duration
Maximum 20 minutes

Entry Fees
$250

Amateur Class

Please inform us your repertoire of choice to be performed at the Finals, via email when you are notified for the Finals on 6 June 2020.

Category 1 - Ages 6 and below (i.e. born on or after January 1, 2014)

Repertoire requirements

  • Participant’s own choice of 2 works of contrasting style
  • Participants are required to perform the exact same repertoire for further stages of the
    competition.

Duration
Maximum 5 minutes

Repertoire requirements – Grand Final
Participant’s own choice of 1 work from previous choice of works

Duration
Maximum 3 minutes

Entry Fees
$250

Category 2 - Ages 7 to 10 (i.e. born between and inclusive of January 1, 2010 and December 31, 2013)

Repertoire requirements

  • Participant’s own choice of 2 works of contrasting styles
  • Participants are required to perform the exact same repertoire for further stages of the
    competition.

Duration
Maximum 8 minutes

Repertoire requirements – Grand Final
Participant’s own choice of 1 work from previous choice of works

Duration
Maximum 4 minutes

Entry Fees
$250

Category 3 - Ages 11 to 14 (i.e. born between and inclusive of January 1, 2006 and December 31, 2009)

Repertoire requirements

    • Participant’s own choice of a minimum of 2 works of contrasting style.
    • Participants are required to perform the exact same repertoire for further stages of the
      competition.

Duration
Maximum 12 minutes

Repertoire requirements – Grand Final
Participant’s own choice of 1 work from previous choice of works

Duration
Maximum 5 minutes

Entry Fees
$250

Category 4 - Ages 15 to 17 (i.e. born between and inclusive of January 1, 2003 and December 31, 2005)

Repertoire requirements

    • Participant’s own choice of a minimum of 2 works of contrasting style.
    • Participants are required to perform the exact same repertoire for further stages of the
      competition.

Duration
Maximum 15 minutes

Repertoire requirements – Grand Final
Participant’s own choice of 1 work from previous choice of works

Duration
Maximum 5 minutes

Entry Fees
$250

* choice pieces must be clearly indicated on the application form.
* All pertinent program details (Composer, Work, Key, Op., No., Hob., K.designations) for
each movement of the work intended for performance must be listed

Prizes for the National Competition

Professional Class

Category 1 - Ages 11 and below (i.e. born on or after January 1, 2009)

First Prize
$400 Cash Prize, Trophy & Certificate of Recognition

Second Prize
Trophy & Certificate of Recognition

Third Prize
Trophy & Certificate of Recognition

Category 2 - Ages 12 to 14 (i.e. born between and inclusive of January 1, 2006 and December 31, 2008)

First Prize
$600 Cash Prize, Trophy & Certificate of Recognition

Second Prize
Trophy & Certificate of Recognition

Third Prize
Trophy & Certificate of Recognition

Category 3 - Ages 15 to 17 (i.e. born between and inclusive of January 1, 2003 and December 31, 2005)

First Prize
$800 Cash Prize, Trophy & Certificate of Recognition

Second Prize
Trophy & Certificate of Recognition

Third Prize
Trophy & Certificate of Recognition

Amateur Class

Category 1 - Ages 6 and below (i.e. born on or after January 1, 2014)

First Prize
The First prize winner will have the opportunity to participate as an observer in the International Steinway Festival 2020.

Second Prize
$200 Cash Prize & Certificate of Recognition

Third Prize
$100 Cash Prize & Certificate of Recognition

Category 2 - Ages 7 to 10 (i.e. born between and inclusive of January 1, 2010 and December 31, 2013)

First Prize
The First prize winner will have the opportunity to participate as an observer in the International Steinway Festival 2020. 

Second Prize
$200 Cash Prize & Certificate of Recognition

Third Prize
$100 Cash Prize & Certificate of Recognition

Category 3 - Ages 11 to 14 (i.e. born between and inclusive of January 1, 2006 and December 31, 2009)

First Prize
The First prize winner will have the opportunity to participate as an observer in the International Steinway Festival 2020. 

Second Prize
$200 Cash Prize & Certificate of Recognition

Third Prize
$100 Cash Prize & Certificate of Recognition

Category 4 - Ages 15 to 17 (i.e. born between and inclusive of January 1, 2003 and December 31, 2005)

First Prize
The First prize winner from each category will have the opportunity to participate as an observer in the International Steinway Festival 2020. 

Second Prize
$200 Cash Prize & Certificate of Recognition

Third Prize
$100 Cash Prize & Certificate of Recognition

adjudicators

Grand Finals

Steinway Artist Mr Joseph Banowetz

 

Steinway Artist Mr Joseph Banowetz

World-Renowned Pianist and two-time GRAMMY Award Finalist Nominee

Grammy nominated American pianist and Steinway Artist Joseph Banowetz has been heard on over five continents, as soloist internationally with such orchestras as the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the Moscow State Symphony, the Budapest Symphony, the Prague Radio Orchestra, the Barcelona Concert Society Orchestra, the New Zealand Symphony, the Beijing National Philharmonic, the Shanghai Symphony, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, and the Seoul Philharmonic. His over 35 commercial recordings have received two official Grammy nominations, these for works of Balakirev in 2007, and the Kletzki Piano Concerto in 2010. Included among his recordings are world-premiere releases of the complete eight orchestra and piano works of Anton Rubinstein. Banowetz is an internationally renowned author for his book The Pianist's Guide to Pedaling, which has been published in seven languages.  He has served on numerous international competition juries, these most recently including in 2019 the Lang Lang International Piano Competition in Hangzhou, China, and as Chair of the Young Artist's Concerto Competition in Manchester, England. Banowetz is a graduate of the Akademie für Musik und Darstellende Kunst. His teachers include Carl Friedberg, a pupil of Clara Schumann, and György Sándor, a pupil of Bartók. Currently Banowetz is Professor of Piano Performance at the University of North Texas, U.S.A.

Steinway Artist Dr Yoonie Han

Steinway Artist Dr Yoonie Han

Assistant Professor Piano Performance, Keyboard Literature, Pedagogy and Chamber Music Hong Kong Baptist University

In 2009, Yoonie Han was honored with the Gawon Music Award as the “most brilliant pianist aged 17 to 31 of any nationality who possesses the most promising potential for global prominence.”  She is the first-prize winner of the  Washington  International  Piano  Competition,  Fulbright Concerto Competition, World Piano Competition, Kosciuszko Chopin Competition, Juilliard’s Gina Bachauer Piano Competition, Juilliard’s  Frederich  Nordmann  Piano  Competition, Juilliard’s Chopin Piano Competition and Music Teachers’ National Association Piano Competition.Yoonie Han is a Steinway Concert & Recording Artist. She was an Assistant Professor of Piano and Chamber Music and Artistic Events Coordinator at Bilkent University  in  Turkey  in  2015-2018.  She  is  the  founder  and  Artistic  Director  of  the Bilkent International Piano Festival and Steinway & Sons Competition in Turkey. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Piano at Hong Kong Baptist University.

 

Professor Bernard Tan

Professor Bernard Tan

Composer and Member of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra Council

Bernard Tan is currently Emeritus Professor of Physics at NUS.  He is a member of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra Council and was Chairman of the Musicians’ Guild, the Singapore Youth Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Music Makers and the Singapore Arts Festival Steering Committee and served on the boards of the Singapore Symphonia Company and the Esplanade.  His Guitar Concerto was premiered in 2013 by the SSO with Kevin Loh and his ‘Cello Concerto was premiered in 2016 by the Braddell Heights Symphony Orchestra with Noella Yan.

 

Audition

Mr Ricky Tsang

Mr Ricky Tsang 

Artistic director of Hong Kong International Music Competition for Young Pianists

A Hong Kong versatile Pianist, Pedagogue and Entrepreneur, Ricky Tsang. Ricky had received his professional music training at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA) and later at Shanghai Conservatory of Music. His main piano teachers include Li Ming Qiang, Franz Mo Cheung Yu, Gabriel Kwok, Zhou Keng and Angela Cholakian.

He has toured Australia with engagements from Qantas Airways and Jayday Music, New Year Concert in China Xinjiang to perform "Yellow River" Piano Concerto and Chiangmai Ginastera International Music Competition, Thailand. He has been awarded “Teaching Excellence Award” from Pearl River Cup National Piano Competition in China, Guangzhou and twice nominated “Music Teaching Excellence” from China Shenzhen Piano Duo National Piano Competition and adjudicated in Chiangmai Ginastera International Music Competition, Thailand and China HAILUN Piano Competition, China ASEAN Piano Competition and others.

Nevertheless,  Ricky is the Artistic Director of Hong Kong International Music Competition for Young Pianists, Artistic Director of The Amigos Music Society of Hong Kong, a committee member of Shanghai Conservatory of Music – Shanghai International Piano Festival & Master Class and presented a lecture about piano competition – Behind the Scene at Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Summer Piano Festival as a lecturer.

Heats

Dr Khoo Hui Ling

Dr Khoo Hui Ling 

Dr. Khoo Hui Ling, Academic Faculty (Contextual Studies), Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music

For Dr. Khoo Hui Ling, playing the piano is a vulnerable and precious expression of what is in the heart. Sought
after as both a performer and teacher, she has inspired audiences and students alike.

Currently academic faculty at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music (YST), she is also founder and
pedagogy consultant of The Music Studios where she coaches young pianists and piano teachers. A curious
soul, her artistic interests are diverse. Apart from performing solo recitals in the United States, Europe and
Singapore, she has also produced provocative cross-disciplinary collaborations and multimedia performances.

Hui Ling graduated with a Doctorate in Musical Arts from the University of Oregon under the tutelage of Dean
Kramer. She previously studied at the Peabody Conservatory of Music with Brian Ganz, and the Yong Siew Toh
Conservatory of music with Thomas Hecht. Now based in Singapore, she continues to develop her interests in
performance, teaching, and in innovative collaborations with other artistic fields.

Ms Lynn Tan

Ms Lynn Tan 

Lynn Tan Piano Studio

Lynn Tan has over 20 years of experience as a music educator. She is a Licentiate (Distinction) of Trinity College London, and holds a Honours in Pianoforte from Guildhall, and a Diploma in Piano Performance (High Distinction), ABRSM. She graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours), and was previously a government policy maker and diplomat.

Lynn’s interest’s are piano pedagogy, piano performance and childhood music programs, and she her passion is to develop new teaching methods to apply at her studio, Lynn Tan Piano Studio, and share her knowledge. She authored the books “Starting Your Musical Journey, Parents’ Voices and Singapore Songs: Easy Piano Arrangements for Beginners”. She has also contributed many articles on music and piano learning for publications such Singapore’s Child, Young Parents, Asian Parents, etc.

Mediacorp 95.8FM Capital Radio has interviewed Lynn on the subject of piano learning. She also produced a short video, ”Our Piano Stories”, which captures the candid sharing of parents and students. Her website can be found at http://lynntanpianostudio.com

Ms Jo Tee

Ms Jo Tee 

Owner of Jo Tee Piano Studio, Co-founder of Amadeus Music Academy Pte Ltd

Ms Jo Tee is an experienced music educator. She currently oversees Jo Tee Piano Studio and co-founded Amadeus Music Academy. Combining the entrepreneurial and creative sides of her personality, Ms Tee conceptualised her teaching ideas and published the creative and interactive EasyScales visual guides that has been sold globally.

 Ms Tee has dedicated her career to music education and has taught music at every level from pre-school through diplomas. She has formerly coached in primary and secondary schools, including planning and implementation of the music curriculum. She has worked with schools such as Anglo Chinese School Junior, Xinghua primary school, Kuo Chuan Presbyterian Primary School, Woodlands Primary School and Orchid Park Secondary School.

Presently, Ms Tee devotes her time in nurturing the young generation of music learners. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she also mentors new teachers at Amadeus Music Academy to enhance their teaching skills. Many of her students have performed in various venues and masterclasses. They have also won prizes in piano competitions, above and beyond attaining outstanding music examination results and others have advanced their musical training in gifted young musician programmes. Please find more details at: https://www.amadeusma.com/

Entry Deadline

Professional Class – Registration Closed

Amateur Class – 15 April 2020

 

Rules and Regulations

    •  The Professional class is only opened to all Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents aged 17 and below.
    • The new Amateur class is opened to all nationalities.
    • Applicants for the Amateur category may not perform, teach, or compose music for primary professional pursuit or financial benefit.
    • Previous winners of Steinway Youth Piano Competition are not eligible to participate in the same age category in previous participation.
    • The registration fee of $250 SGD is payable upon application and is non-refundable.
    • Please visit (www.steinway-gallery.com.sg/5th-sypc) to submit your online application.
    • All decisions of the Jury are final.

Online registration

Please submit the online application form and settle the registration fees during the online registration.
*Registration fee will be charges via Stripe during online application and is non-refundable.

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