FAQ | Steinway Gallery Singapore


What are the various types of microphones I can use?

You may use any type of microphone so long as it can be connected to your smartphone. During the technical run, our production team will guide you during your set up to optimize its use.


Can I link my video camera to my mobile phone?

Yes, you can if you are familiar with this and use this method often. The video quality of a mobile phone however is usually sufficient for the livestream.


Can I use a laptop instead of a mobile phone?

You may use whichever device you are more comfortable with. However, we recommend using your mobile phone instead of a laptop because it is easier to set-up the live stream on a mobile device.


What if I already have an existing setup for online lessons, can I use it?

Yes, you may use it for the live stream.


How should I set up my equipment?

Arrange the camera so that it captures the participant’s face, fingers and the piano keys – make sure these are in focus. Place the camera one to two meters away from the piano. Connect the microphone directly to the phone. Otherwise, the microphone should be close to the mobile phone.


What should I do if my piano is not suitable for the competition (e.g. out of tune, broken strings) or if I do not have a piano at home?

If you are in need of a piano, assistance from Steinway Gallery Singapore is available.  SYPC participants may loan an Essex 108 piano for free. Participants will only be required to cover the transportation fees. The delivery cost for an Essex 108 is $200 per way (return will be $400). Please email [info@steinway-gallery.com.sg] should you require a piano.


What should I wear for the competition?

Performers should wear appropriate attire. Girls should be in knee-length or longer dresses (no spaghetti straps), boys should be in dress pants and buttoned dress shirts with ties preferred, with appropriate footwear (no open-toe shoes, flip-flops, or athletic footwear). Please refrain from wearing dangling, jingling jewelry.

Below are examples of acceptable styles.


Will ambient noise in my home environment affect my performance?

You are strongly advised to keep all ambient noise to a minimum as such noises will affect the audio captured by your device. To do this, please ensure that all electronic devices are switched to silent mode, close your windows or doors (if applicable), and encourage family members (i.e. households with babies or pets) to be in a different room for the duration of your performance.


Can I use the front camera of my phone to record my performance so I can see if my positioning is correct?

We advise participants to use the rear camera of your phone as the front camera (selfie camera) usually captures images in lower resolution, causing your footage to be of a lower quality. We recommend you to use your rear camera, while asking a family member to help you with your positioning and camera angle.

I have tried to connect an external microphone to my streaming device but have trouble hearing anything. What should I do?

If you are using an external microphone, your device’s speaker may not work and this would be a problem as contestants will be given a cues to go live by our producer.


To fix this, get a family member to connect your device to an earpiece so they can give you the cue from our producer while you prepare to go live.

Can I use the front camera of my phone to record my performance so I can see if my positioning is correct?

We advise participants to use the rear camera of your phone as the front camera (selfie camera) usually captures images in lower resolution, causing your footage to be of a lower quality. We recommend you to use your rear camera, while asking a family member to help you with your positioning and camera angle.

Can I participate in both amateur and professional class?

No. Participants are not allowed to participate in both classes of the competition.

How do I select my repertoire?

Since they are different criteria and requirement for each category, please refer to the Class, Repertoire requirements & Entry Fee on the main page.

Can I change the repertoire after registration?

You are NOT allowed to change your repertoire once you have registered.

Will I be disqualified if I exceed the stipulated time limit?

The adjudicators will make the decisions on all matters.

How do I obtain information on the competition once I have registered?

All participants will have an account to log in to the competition system, where relevant information can be found.

How would I be informed of the competition results?

The competition results will announced through the competition system. All participants will receive an email when the result is out.

Will the organizer provide piano room for the participants to do rehearsal or practice?

To ensure the fairness of the competition, the organizer will NOT provide any room for rehearsal or practice.

Do I need to play from memory in the competition?

For the professional class all participants ARE required to play from memory. Participants from Amateur class are NOT required to play from memory but would be highly encouraged to do so. 

Are winners of the past Steinway Youth Piano Competitions allowed to participate in the competition this year?

Past first prize winners of the Steinway Youth Piano Competition are not allowed to participate in the same age category which they have achieved first prize. However, they are allowed to participate in a different age category.

Past Grand Prize winners are not allowed to participate in the competition. 

Do I need to submit the original copy of the score?

 YES. Contestant must submit one set of original copy of the repertoire for adjudicators’ reference and it will be returned after the competition. A photocopied version of the original copy is accepted, should the original copy of the score could not be obtained.

Can I withdraw myself from the competition?

In the event that you are unable to participate in the competition after registration, you may withdraw from the competition by contacting the organiser. However, do note that regstration fees are not refundable.

Competition Notes

  • The Professional class is only open to all Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents aged 17 and below.
  • The new Amateur Class is open to all nationalities.
  • Previous first prize winner of the competition are not allowed to participate in the same category in which they achieved first prize.
  • Adjudicators to announce if any of the participants are their students prior to the competition.
  • The registration fee is payable upon application ad is non-refundable.
  • All decisions of the Jury are final.
  • Rules & regulations, awards and judging panel are subject to change without prior notice

Refund Policy

  • Registration fees cannot be transferred to another person.
  • No substitution is allowed in this event.
  • No refund will be given for participants who registers after 9 March 2020.
  • Participants who are unable to participate the Heats due to the change of dates to 24 and 25 April 2020 and wish to request for refund. Please write into us at SYPC@steinway-gallery.com.sg by 20 March 2020. (Upon cancellation please allow us a period of 7 working days to process the refund.)

Contact Us

For more enquiries regarding the Steinway Youth Piano Competition, please call or email us at the following:

(+65) 6838 0525



A New Spirit

Thank you for your patience and we hope you are keeping well.

As we embark on the new format of the Steinway Youth Piano Competition in the light of the present Covid-19 Circuit Breaker circumstances, we also bring a new ethos to this event. Through the free live streaming of the event to music lovers in Singapore and also around the world, we hope to share the spirit of giving through music.

In this, your participation is important. Every note counts and your presence and music would certainly bring joy to a listener across the country and around the world.

While we all strive for music excellence, of equal importance in this new edition of the SYPC, Steinway Youth Piano Competition: Playing from Home Edition, is that of bringing the joy of music-making to people anywhere through our joint efforts.


Also, in place of the original IG Stars contest, the competition will have an interactive component for viewers, allowing them to cheer on their favourite participants through voting. Simply like our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram to earn tokens to vote!

As part of Steinway Gallery Singapore’s corporate social responsibility and also efforts to help children in need during this period, viewers will also be encouraged to donate to the ChildAid concert – an annual charity concert that raises funds for two children charities – The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund (ST SPMF) and The Business Times Budding Artists Fund (BT BAF). ST SPMF helps children with school pocket money so they do not go hungry at school while BT BAF provides access to arts training for children to nurture their artistic talents so as to develop their confidence and self-esteem.

As you may already have been informed, the new dates of the Heats (Amateur Class) and Grand Finals will be in May given the extension of the Circuit Breaker and also the change in the schedule of the June school holidays. The dates once again are as follows:

Heats (Amateur Class)*

Dates: 18 – 21 May 2020 (depending on category)

Time: 2pm – 7pm


Mon, 18 May – Category 2

Tue, 19 May – Category 4

Wed, 20 May – Category 1 & 3

Thu, 21 May – Category 3 (cont’d)

Grand Finals (Professional & Amateur Class)**

Date: 30 May 2020, Saturday

Schedule: 11am – 1pm (Amateur), 2pm – 6pm (Professional)

To help you to prepare to Live Stream your performance:

  • Please click here to read the document which outlines what is needed and the steps required.
  • A tutorial video guide on how to set-up the Live Stream will be shared with you by 8 May 2020.
  • We will be conducting a series of rehearsals from 11 to 14 May where we will guide you through the Live Stream process. Each contestant will be given up to 15 minutes for this session. We will update you on your session and also your competition schedule by early next week. Please invite your teacher to join in for the rehearsal session. 

We thank you once again for your participation as we endeavor to share your music with a wider audience. Together, we hope we can bring cheer and joy to the local and international audience through your performance. 

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