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

Submission for the voting contest ends on 9 March 2020 and public voting will start thereafter.

Winners of the IG Stars will be announced during 5th Steinway Youth Piano Competition Finals, 10 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.

Semi-finals

Date: 11 April 2020 (Sat)
Venue: Singapore Chinese Culture Centre (Recital Hall)

Grand finals

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

Amateur Class

Heats

Date: 28-29 March 2020 (Sat – Sun)
Venue: ION Orchard, Level 1 Atrium

Semi-finals

Date: 11 April 2020 (Sat)
Venue: Singapore Chinese Culture Centre (Recital Hall)

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

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, 2008)

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, 2005 and December 31, 2007)

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, 2002 and December 31, 2004)

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, 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 2 - Ages 7 to 10 (i.e. born between and inclusive of January 1, 2009 and December 31, 2012)

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, 2005 and December 31, 2008)

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, 2002 and December 31, 2004)

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

*to be announced

 

Entry Deadline

 Professional Class – 17 February 2020

Amateur Class – 9 MArch 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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E.g. Beethoven, Sonata, No. 14, C# Minor, op. 27, No.2, “Moonlight Sonata”, 1st movement

E.g. Chopin, Etude No.12, op.10 No. 12 in C minor, “Revolutionary Étude”

E.g. Liszt, Paganini Etude No.6, A minor.

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