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The National Piano & Violin Competition is Singapore's oldest and most prestigious music competition. In its 13th edition, this biennial competition celebrates music excellence and serves as a platform to identify music talents, as well as to develop and nurture young musicians by providing them the opportunity to showcase their performing skills and musicality before international adjudicators.

The competition is open to young pianists and violinists aged 25 years and below. Participants will compete in four categories:

  • Artist 25 years and below (born in or after 1996)
  • Senior 21 years and below (born in or after 2000)
  • Intermediate 15 years and below (born in or after 2006)
  • Junior 11 years and below (born in or after 2010)

For more information on eligibility criteria, repertoire requirements, practice sessions and competition procedures, please download the NPVC 2021 Rules and Regulations here.

The 2021 edition will take place from 27 November to 5 December 2021 at the Victoria Concert Hall and Esplanade Recital Studio.

Important Dates:
Registration period: 3 May 2021, 10am to 23 July 2021, 5pm
Announcement of results of video screening round: 3 September 2021
Competition dates: 27 November to 5 December 2021



Payment can be made through PayPal or credit card upon registration. No cheques will be accepted.

For the video screening round, results will be posted on the competition website by 3 Sep 2021. If you have progressed to the quarter-final round, you will also be notified via email by 24 Sep 2021.

For the live rounds, results will be announced on the same day at the venue and on the competition website.

There is no minimum age, but only a maximum age for each category.

Any changes to chaperones will need to be communicated at least 3 weeks before the competition.

Yes, but all details have to be communicated at least 3 weeks before the competition.

This is to reduce the number of people backstage for fire safety, and for adherence to COVID-19 Safe Management Measures.


Yes, but your programme will be required to cover works from at least three of the following periods: Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Modern.

It is recommended that participants select a balanced programme that can showcase technique and interpretation of different styles.

There is no duration requirement for each piece.

Stated timings are recommended durations for each round. There is no minimum or maximum duration, though participants may be stopped by the judges if playing time exceeds the recommended duration due to time constraints. Participants should plan a repertoire that stays as close to the recommended duration as possible.

No, only one full work by J.S. Bach with a duration of 15-25 minutes should be programmed. 

Participants who progress to the live rounds will receive the set piece on 24 September 2021.

All Artist category participants must prepare one full concerto from the set list found in the competition Rules and Regulations. No selections outside of the set list will be entertained.

Yes, with the exception of violin sonatas. Set piece will also need to be performed from memory.

All participants will require to provide their own accompanist except for Artist category finalists. Accompaniment for the full concerto will be provided by the Organiser.


You only need to submit one video file, with suitable short pauses in between pieces and movements.

However, if you are recording the video in separate takes for each piece, you may submit multiple video files (i.e. one video file per piece), as long as each piece is only submitted once and the total duration of all videos adheres to the recommended duration stated.

For Junior, Intermediate and Senior categories, it is alright to exceed the stated duration if the duration of the full quarter-finals repertoire and one work of the semi-finals exceeds the stated duration. 

Yes, as long as it is of good audio and visual quality.

Yes, as long as the audio and visual quality of the video is not compromised.

You will be required to upload the videos via Dropbox. The link to upload the file will be provided in the registration form.


Participants who progress to live rounds will be sent a link to book practice sessions online. The booking period will be from 20 Sep 2021 – 7 Oct 2021.

No, each participant may only book one practice session.

No, practice sessions are not compulsory.

The booking fee is strictly non-refundable. If you are unable to attend, you may contact us to reschedule, subject to availability.


A limited number of participants, accompanists and chaperones will be allowed backstage each time, with high touch points wiped down frequently.

Masks must be worn at all times backstage and onstage, even during your performance.

The competition will follow guidelines set out by the relevant authorities depending on how the situation is like. In the event that the competition needs to be cancelled, all registration and practice session booking fees will be refunded.

If you have additional queries, please feel free to drop a query to!