Published on 23 November 2018

Friday 23 November 2018

The Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) will be conducting open auditions for its “President’s Young Performers” concert.

The annual concert shines a spotlight on young talented musicians in Singapore — giving them the rare chance to perform with the SSO. Successful candidates will perform as soloist in a concerto with the SSO at the Victoria Concert Hall in 2019 (date to be announced).

Auditions will be held for shortlisted Singaporean conductors and instrumentalists performing on Western classical instruments such as strings, woodwind, brass and percussion.

Past performers have included pianists Abigail Sin and Azariah Tan, violinist Loh Jun Hong, mezzo-soprano Jade Tan, and oboist Bernice Lee.

The concert was first launched by President Ong Teng Cheong in 1995 as the “President’s Charity Concert by Young Talents”.

Applicants should be Singapore citizens. Instrumentalist applicants should be no more than 25 years of age, and conductor applicants, no more than 35 years of age, as of 1 July 2019.

Application Deadline:
Applicants are invited to send in their application by 31 December 2018, with the following items:

  1. Biography including their date of birth, musical background and contact information
  2. For instrumentalists, a high-quality web video or a non-returnable DVD or thumb drive featuring their recent performance of a concerto. Conductors should include a rehearsal or a concert of at least two contrasted pieces, including beginning and end of works.

Via email:

Via post:
c/o Singapore Symphony Orchestra Programming Department
80 Bencoolen Street,
Level 8, NAFA Campus One Tower Block,
Singapore 189655

(Mailed recording should be tracked, with work and performer’s name clearly indicated)

Shortlisted applicants will be notified in January 2019 to perform a complete concerto in a live audition taking place in February 2019. Applicants should arrange for their own pianists to play the orchestral part during the live audition.

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