13 finalists compete in the finals of the Singapore International Competition for Chinese Orchestral Composition 2015!

Singapore, 18 November 2015 (Wednesday) – Organised by Singapore Chinese Orchestra and supported by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, the finals for Singapore International Competition for Chinese Orchestral Composition 2015 will be held on 20 November 2015 (Friday). This competition attracted 129 registrations worldwide and 13 finalists have been selected through the preliminary round. The finalists will compete for the top 3 Composition Awards, Nanyang Award, Singaporean Composer Award and Young Singaporean Composer Award. The 13 finalists include 4 participants from Singapore, 4 participants from China, 3 participants from Hong Kong, 1 participant from Taiwan and 1 participant from the United States of America. One of the Singaporean finalists, Mr Joseph Lim Soon Keong, who is competing with his submitted composition, Leggang Kangkung, expressed his thoughts, “It is certainly an honour to be a finalist in this competition. It has been an engaging and meaningful compositional experience as one explores the possibility of a national, and by extension, regional musical identity.”

The adjudicators for the finals include Professor of Composition, University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance, Chen Yi, General Director of the Taipei Chinese Orchestra, Chung Yiu Kwong, Associate Professor and Head of Composition at Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, Ho Chee Kong, Chairman of Asian Composers League (ACL) Isao Matsushita, Director of Shanghai Key Laboratory of Music Acoustic Arts, Director of Academic Committee and Professor of Composition and Electronic Music Composition Xu Shu Ya and Malaysian composer Yii Kah Hoe. The results will be announced on 21 November.

The Award Presentation Ceremony and Concert will be held on 21 November 2015 (Saturday), 7.30pm at SCO Concert Hall. Ms Sim Ann, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, and Ministry of Finance, will grace the concert and award presentation ceremony as the guest-of-honour. SCO will perform the 6 award-winning pieces, followed by the award presentation ceremony. This year, an Audience Choice Award is added where audience can vote for their favourite piece at the concert. An “Orchestra’s Choice” award, voted by SCO’s musicians, will also be presented during the ceremony.

A symposium will be held on 22 November 2015 (Sunday), at SCO Concert Hall. Guest-of-Honour Dr Liu Thai Ker and Mr Choo Thiam Siew will present their opening speech to commence the event. Music Director and Chairman for SICCOC 2015 panel of adjudicators, Tsung Yeh, together with panel of adjudicators and award winners will share their thoughts on the compositions. Audience can also get to listen to Vice President of Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Professor Yang Yandi and Malaysian composer Yii Kah Hoe’s thematic presentations. As the keynote speaker, Professor Yang Yandi will be sharing his thoughts on Nanyang Music: the Past and Future. Composer Yii Kah Hoe will share on his topic of My Nanyang Music Journey.

Press and media are cordially invited to SICCOC 2015 finals, concert and the symposium. Please RSVP your attendance to Ms Toh Wei Lin at 6557 4037 or wltoh@sco.com.sg  by 19 November.

Guest-of-honour:            Speaker:                      Speaker:                       Speaker:
Dr Liu Thai Ker              Mr Choo Thiam Siew         Professor Yang Yandi        Mr Yii Kah Hoe

Concert details:

SICCOC 2015 – Finals
Date: 20 November 2015 (Friday)
Time: 9am – 1pm
Venue: SCO Concert Hall
Only for guests, press and media

SICCOC 2015 – Award Presentation and Concert
Date: 21 November 2015 (Saturday)
Time: 7.30 pm
Venue: SCO Concert Hall
Ticket prices: $28, $16 (include SISTIC fee)
Tickets from SISTIC

SICCOC 2015 – Symposium
Date: 22 November 2015 (Sunday)
Time: 10am (Registration starts at 9.40am)
Venue: SCO Concert Hall
Ticket Prices: $5 (include SISTIC fee, lunch and tea break provided)
Tickets from SISTIC

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Media Contacts

Toh Wei Lin
Executive (Marketing Communications)
Email: wltoh@sco.com.sg
DID: 6557 4037 / 8121 6966

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Email: mlkoh@sco.com.sg
DID: 6557 4047 / 9833 0556