30th Singapore International Piano Festival returns in June with renowned pianist Yeol Eum Son

30th Singapore International Piano Festival returns in June with renowned pianist Yeol Eum Son

30th Singapore International Piano Festival returns in June with renowned pianist Yeol Eum Son

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Mon, 04 Mar 2024

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Other performers at this year’s festival also include pianists Jin Ju, Ashley Wass and Mei Yi Foo

Singapore, 4 March 2024 – The 30th edition of the Singapore International Piano Festival (SIPF), presented by the Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO), is set to take place from 6 to 9 June 2024 at the Victoria Concert Hall. Led by Artistic Director and Singaporean pianist Lim Yan, the SIPF is recognised as Asia's premier piano festival, showcasing international musical excellence annually.

In line with previous editions, the festival will feature four solo recitals: South Korean Yeol Eum Son, widely acclaimed for her poetic elegance and timeless interpretations; Chinese rising star Jin Ju; UK-based Malaysian Mei Yi Foo, an avid new music advocate; and Briton Ashley Wass, former BBC New Generation Artist.

Live Concerts by International Guests

Hailed in China as among the greatest virtuosos of her country, Jin Ju will open the festival on 6 June. Praised by critics for her technical abilities and warm sensibility as well as the astonishing clarity of her narrative subtleties, she will perform a striking programme by three of the greatest composers for the piano: Brahms’s all-encompassing Fantasies, Chopin’s final sonata and the Diabelli Variations, a microcosm of Beethoven’s artistry.

On 7 June, popular South Korean pianist, Yeol Eum Son makes her much anticipated return to Singapore. Witness her poetic elegance, expressive nuance and power to project bold, dramatic contrasts as she presents a thought-provoking programme of music from Beethoven, Bizet and Lizst.

Described by Gramophone magazine as possessing “the enviable gift to turn almost anything he plays into pure gold,” Ashley Wass is the only British pianist to have won First Prize at the London International Piano Competition in 1997. Catch him in action on 8 June, as he performs Beethoven’s beautifully meditative Sonata No. 30, two Preludes and Fugues by Shostakovich and Franck’s Prélude, Choral et Fugue.

Known for championing new music, UK-based Malaysian pianist Mei Yi Foo presents a fascinating exploration of 20th-century piano music on 9 June. A solo piano transcription of Ravel’s Ma Mère l'Oye, Bartok’s “fairly difficult” (his own words) Out of Doors Suite and Messiaen will share the programme with two contemporary composers: Luciano Berio's evocative and elemental Six Encores, and the extraordinary etudes of the preeminent South Korean composer Unsuk Chin.

Masterclasses by International Guests

In addition to its piano recitals, the SIPF will host two masterclasses offering attendees the chance to learn from renowned pianists. Mei Yi Foo, known for her collaborations with contemporary composers and teaching position at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, will lead the first masterclass on 8 June. This will be followed by a masterclass by Ashley Wass, Director of Music at the Yehudi Menuhin School and former BBC New Generation Artist, on 9 June. Attendees can anticipate invaluable insights from these esteemed musicians.

Digital Concerts on Singapore Symphony YouTube Channel Membership

This year’s SIPF will also feature the launch of two digital recitals via Singapore Symphony YouTube channel membership. The SSO will release works performed by award-winning American pianist Jonathan Biss and Malaysian-born pianist, composer, and conductor Tengku Irfan from their recitals in the previous edition. Patrons interested in viewing the digital recitals can join the Singapore Symphony YouTube channel membership for $2 per month, to access exclusive member content. For more information, visit youtube.com/singaporesymphony/join.

Tickets for the 30th edition of the Singapore International Piano Festival will be on sale starting 8 March 2024, at www.pianofestival.com.sg.

Founded in 1979, the Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) is Singapore’s flagship orchestra, touching lives through classical music and providing the heartbeat of the cultural scene. In addition to its subscription series concerts, the SSO is also known for its outdoor and community appearances. The orchestra also presents intimate chamber performances in the SSO Chamber Series and SSO Organ Series, the annual Singapore International Piano Festival (SIPF) and the biennial National Piano and Violin Competition (NPVC) at the Victoria Concert Hall, Home of the SSO. The SSO is part of the Singapore Symphony Group, which also manages the Singapore Symphony Choruses, and the Singapore National Youth Orchestra. The Group’s vision is to be a leading arts organization that engages, inspires and reflects Singapore through musical excellence. Our mission is to create memorable shared experiences with music. Through the SSO and its affiliated performing groups, we spread the love for music, nurture talent and enrich our diverse communities.

The Singapore Symphony Orchestra was nominated and clinched third place in the prestigious Gramophone Orchestra of the Year Award 2021. In 2022, BBC Music Magazine named the SSO as one of the 21 best orchestras in the world.

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The Singapore International Piano Festival (SIPF) was established in 1994, when solo piano recitals were a rare event in the country. Now into its 30th edition, the festival has become a highlight of the international music calendar and is today Asia’s premier piano festival.

SIPF takes the unique approach of presenting recitals by four different pianists over a series of consecutive evenings. Past editions of the festival have featured the virtuosos Martha Argerich, Nelson Freire, Yuja Wang, Stephen Kovacevich, Nikolai Demidenko, Pascal Rogé, Piotr Anderszewski, Stephen Hough, Benjamin Grosvenor, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, Lars Vogt and Angela Hewitt, among others.

The festival is presented by Singapore Symphony Orchestra and the live concerts will take place at the Victoria Concert Hall. The 2024 edition will be held from 6 to 9 June.

The Singapore Symphony YouTube (@singaporesymphony) is the official YouTube channel of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Choruses, Singapore International Piano Festival and our VCHpresents Chamber Series. With over 42K global subscribers on YouTube, its free videos have garnered over 3.2 million views in the past year, adding to its 11.6 million lifetime views. Launched in October 2023, the Singapore Symphony YouTube channel membership offers viewers the opportunity to become paid Members at SGD2 a month, granting access to exclusive member content in addition to its free offerings.

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