The Singapore International Piano Festival 2019 brings together four virtuoso pianists: renowned veteran British pianist Ronan O’Hora, Russian-born American Gilmore Artist Award recipient Kirill Gerstein, the always-fascinating Chinese pianist Sa Chen, and the spirited young genius of Swiss-Chinese pianist Louis Schwizgebel.


The Singapore International Piano Festival has presented over 80 pianists in recital, many of whom are among the very greatest in the music world. Unlike most recital series, each annual edition of the Festival uniquely features recitals over consecutive evenings, offering concertgoers who regularly attend every evening an intense, varied and richly rewarding pianistic and musical experience.

Alongside such celebrated virtuosi as Martha Argerich, Nelson Freire, Stephen Kovacevich, Nikolai Demidenko, Pascal Rogé, Piotr Anderszewski, Stephen Hough, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, Lars Vogt and Angela Hewitt, the Festival has also had a fantastic track record of impressive debuts by such rising stars as Benjamin Grosvenor, Wang Yuja, Lukáš Vondráček and Nareh Arghamanyan, as it strives to nurture promising young talent.

Beginning in 1994, at a time when piano recitals were rare and a much-treasured event, the Festival has since established itself as a regular highlight in the musical landscape of Singapore, hosting pianists – and audiences – from all over the world as Asia’s Premier Piano Festival.


Lim Yan is the first in the 26-year history of Artistic Directors of the Singapore International Piano Festival to be an active performing pianist. A student of well-known Singapore piano teacher Lim Tshui Ling, he attended Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester, UK from 1993 under the tutelage of David Hartigan and Ronan O’Hora, and subsequently graduated from the University of Manchester and the Royal Northern College of Music. In 2006, Lim Yan received the Young Artist Award, Singapore's highest accolade for artists below age 35.

A seasoned recitalist and concerto soloist, Yan has performed throughout Europe and Asia, including at the Cheltenham Festival and the Beijing International Piano Festival. He joined the Singapore National Youth Orchestra at the 2011 Aberdeen International Youth Festival as soloist in Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 2.

Back home, Lim Yan has appeared on many occasions with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, most recently in Beethoven's Emperor Concerto at the SSO's 40th Anniversary gala concert in Jan 2019. He was the soloist with the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra during its 2009 visit. Lim Yan has also played all five Beethoven Piano Concertos with The Philharmonic Orchestra; as well as the Choral Fantasy as part of the Esplanade’s 10th anniversary celebrations.

A keen collaborative pianist and chamber musician, he worked with violinist Ning Feng and cellist Wang Jian for their recitals in Singapore; and with his piano quintet Take 5 since 2007. Yan is a full-time faculty member of the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music as Senior Lecturer in Collaborative Piano, as well as adjunct faculty at the School of the Arts, a position he has held since its inception in 2008.


2018: 25th Singapore International Piano Festival
Martha Argerich, Seong-Jin Cho, Dang Thai Son, Jeremy Denk, Darío Alejandro Ntaca, Dénes Várjon

2017: Fantasies & Memories 
Joseph Moog, Chiyan Wong, Hüseyin Sermet, Stephen Kovacevich

2016: Kaleidoscope!
Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, Shai Wosner, Cédric Tiberghien, Boris Giltburg

2015: Romantics & Nationalists
Imogen Cooper, Olli Mustonen, Lars Vogt, Lukáš Vondráček

2014: The Singapore International Piano festival Turns 21!
Behzod Abduraimov, Kun Woo Paik, Nelson Freire, Piotr Anderszewski

2013: Music & Movement 
Yevgeny Sudbin, Daniel-Ben Pienaar, Benjamin Grosvenor, Simon Trpčeski

2012: Fantasies in Sound 
Paul Lewis, Khatia Buniatishvili, Chiyan Wong, Stephen Hough 

2011: Transformation
Janina Fialkowska, Shai Wosner, Nareh Arghamanyan, Arnaldo Cohen

2010: Chopin at 200
Yuja Wang, Pietro De Maria, Benjamin Grosvenor, Piotr Anderszewski

2009: Familiar Ground
Vladimir Feltsman, Nikolai Demidenko, Pascal Rogé & Ami Rogé, Yevgeny Sudbin, Yao Xiao Yun, Nicholas Loh 

2008: Back to the Future: 300 Years of Piano Masterpieces 
Jenő Jandó, Jennifer Micallef & Glen Inanga, Kim Sung-Hoon, Christopher Taylor, Konstantin Scherbakov, Sandi Koh 

2007: Lisztomania: The Art of Virtuosity 
David Nettle & Richard Markham, Cyprien Katsaris, Minoru Nojima, Valentina Lisitsa, Albert Lin 

2006: The Golden Age of the Piano 
Alexander Markovich, Geoffrey Douglas Madge, John Chen, Valery Kuleshov, Lee Pei Ming 

2005: Images, Impressions & Pictures 
Kun Woo Paik, Noriko Ogawa, Esther Budiardjo, Dennis Lee & Toh Chee-Hung, Lim Yan 

2004: Legends of the Piano
Idil Biret, Leslie Howard, György Sándor, Paul Badura Skoda 

2003: Nostalgia 
Dmitri Alexeev, Nikolai Demidenko, Seow Yit Kin 

2002: 9th Singapore International Piano Festival 
Artur Pizarro, Frederic Chiu, Kathryn Stott, Cecile Licad 

2001: Variations
Angela Hewitt, Benjamin Frith, Arnaldo Cohen, Giovanni Bellucci