SSO President's Young Performers Concert 2024 open for auditions
Singapore, 19 October 2023 — The Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) will be conducting open auditions for its 2024 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 at the Victoria Concert Hall. Successful candidates will perform as soloists in a concerto or equivalent with the SSO in 2024 (date to be announced).
Auditions will be held for shortlisted Singaporean instrumentalists performing concertos written for their instrument and Singaporean vocalists performing any vocal work with the orchestra.
Past performers have included violist Lim Chun, violinists Chan Yoong-Han, Kong Xianlong, Grace Lee, Loh Jun Hong, Yang Shuxiang and Gabriel Ng, saxophonist Samuel Phua as well as pianists Azariah Tan, Li Churen, Abigail Sin, Lim Yan, Jonathan Chua and Gavin Jared Bala.
Applicants should be Singapore citizens. Applicants should be no more than 25 years of age, as of 1 July 2024.
Applicants are invited to submit their online application by 31 December 2023, with the following items:
- Biography including their date of birth, musical background and contact information
- A high-quality video featuring a recent performance of a complete concerto with either piano or orchestra accompaniment, with composer name, duration of each movement and edition (if applicable) of the work clearly labelled via the following link: PYP Audition 2024
Applications submitted not in accordance to the above guidelines may be disqualified.
Shortlisted applicants will be notified by email in January 2024 to participate in live auditions scheduled to take place during the week of 5 February 2024. They should be prepared to play the concerto submitted in full and should arrange for their own piano accompanist to play the orchestral part.
Shortlisted applicants may be invited to participate in more than one round of live audition, to take place in March 2024. They will either play the same concerto again or a different concerto, after discussion with the Organising Committee.
Successful candidates will be notified by email in April 2024.
Decision of the adjudicators will be final and based purely on technical and musical ability demonstrated in the applicants' performance.
Candidate may be requested to change repertoire due to programming considerations.
For application enquiries, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
ABOUT THE SINGAPORE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
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 VCHpresents 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.