The National Piano & Violin Competition (NPVC) is Singapore's oldest and most prestigious music competition. In its 14th edition, this biennial competition celebrates music excellence and serves as a platform to identify music talent, 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 1998)
  • Senior 21 years and below (born in or after 2002)
  • Intermediate 15 years and below (born in or after 2008)
  • Junior 11 years and below (born in or after 2012)

For more information on eligibility criteria, repertoire requirements, practice sessions and competition procedures, please read the NPVC 2023 Rules and Regulations.

The 2023 edition will take place from 25 November to 3 December at the Victoria Concert Hall and Esplanade Recital Studio.

Important Dates:
Registration period: 2 May 2023, 10am to 10 July 2023, 5pm
Announcement of results of Qualifying Round: 1 September 2023
Commencement of online booking for Practice Sessions: 18 September 2023
Competition dates: 25 November to 3 December 2023

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All participants, chaperones and accompanists must bring proof of identity (e.g. NRIC, passport, student pass) for verification purposes.

Yes, but the request for change must be made before 10 July 2023. Do send your change request to

Yes, you will be allocated warm-up time on your instrument before performance.

You are only required to perform your repertoire from memory, set pieces and violin sonatas can be performed with scores. 

Participants in the Senior and Artist category who have progressed to the Quarter-Finals will receive the set piece by 18 September 2023.

For all Quarter-Finals, Semi-Finals and Finals live rounds, results will be released on the same day on the competition website, and participants progressing onwards will be notified via SMS.


All participants who have progress to live rounds will be sent a link to book practice sessions. All available sessions are as listed on the link, no further dates. Booking is available on a first-come-first-served basis, from 18 Sep 2023, 10am - 30 Sep 2023, 5pm.

Piano Participants: Practice sessions only at the Victoria Concert Hall
Violin Participants: Practice sessions only at the Esplanade Recital Studio

No, practice sessions are not compulsory, and you may only book one session.

Yes, but only one chaperone (either parent/teacher) and one piano accompanist (where required by repertoire) per participant is allowed.

Yes, you may use your own phone or camera to record your session.

No, the duration of a practice session is fixed for each participation category - 30 minutes for Junior and Intermediate, 45 minutes for Senior, and 60 minutes for Artist.

Booking fees are strictly non-refundable and non-transferable. Subject to availability, you may contact us to arrange for a reschedule.


During the hour-long live session, participants may seek clarifications about the set piece from the composer. The session will not be recorded. If you are unable to make it, you may send a representative to attend in your place.

No, it is not compulsory to attend.

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