Since its inception in 2019, the Singapore International Piano Competition (SIPC) has established its reputation as one of the foremost international piano competitions in Asia. It seeks to provide a world-class professional platform for talented pianists from all over the world and lives up to its prestige by attracting outstanding competitors and inviting distinguished international jury members. During its 2021 competition (virtual), it attracted more than one million viewers worldwide. As an added educational component, the Competition promotes learning opportunities by inviting jury members to conduct master classes, benefitting tens of thousands of students and teachers.
The diversity of the Singapore International Piano Competition is reflected in its encompassment of
three different categories:
SIPC - for pianists age 16 to 32 ready for an international concert career
SIPC JUNIOR - for young budding talents up to age 17 demonstrating exceptional promise
SIPC AMATEUR - for non-professional piano enthusiasts of all ages
The SIPC and SIPC JUNIOR are biennial events alternating every year, while the SIPC AMATEUR remains a stable annual event. The SIPC is being presented in 2022, whereas the SIPC JUNIOR will be presented in 2023.
The 2022 SIPC
Competition Chair Ms. May Zhang
President, Global International Musicians Association
Artistic Director Mr. Xiaohan Wang
Head of Piano, Tianjin Juilliard School Pre-college
Distinguished Professor, China Conservatory of Music
Executive Director Ms. Chuifun Poon
Executive Director, Rubinstein International Youth Piano Competition
Assistant to the Director, PianoTexas International Festival & Academy
Jury Chair Mr. Arie Vardi
Distinguished Professor, Hannover School of Music and Drama, Germany
Distinguished Professor, Buchmann Mehta School of Music, Israel
Jury Ms. Yoheved Kaplinsky
Chair of Piano, The Juilliard School, USA
Jury Mr. Daejin Kim
Dean, School of Music, Korea National University of Arts, Korea
Music Director, The Chanwon Philharmonic Orchestra, Korea
Jury Ms. Katarzyna Popowa-Zydroń
Professor of Piano, Academy of Music in Gdańsk and Bydgoszcz, Poland
Head of Jury, 2021 International Chopin Piano Competition, Poland
Jury Mr. Boris Slutsky
Professor of Piano, The Peabody Conservatory of Music, USA
Visiting Professor of Piano, The Yale School of Music, USA
Jury Mr. Albert Tiu
Assistant Professor of Piano, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, Singapore
Jury Mr. Danwen Wei
Professor of Piano, Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing, China
Rules and Regulations
1. Open to pianists of all nationalities, age 16 to 32 (born between January 1, 1990 and January 1,2006)
2. First-prize winners of the past SIPC are not eligible to apply.
3. Current students of the 2022 SIPC jury members are not eligible to apply.
4. Pre-selection Round
Application materials to be submitted:
a) 15 to 20 minutes video of free repertoire but must include a lyrical piece (slow movement of a classical sonata is permitted).
All pieces must be played from memory.
The performance must be played on a 7-foot, or larger, well-tuned grand piano.
The video must be recorded with one single camera, and the camera must be placed at a distance and at an angle which clearly shows the entire side profile of the pianist from the top of the head to the feet and including the fingers on the keyboard. The camera must be completely stationary at all times.
All pieces must be recorded in one continuous take. No cut or editing will be accepted.
Upload the video on Google Drive, YouTube, Dropbox or any other viable format.
Failure to record in accordance with the above requirements will be disqualified.
b) Completed application form (click here).
c) USD 200 nonrefundable application fee…….
d) A copy of your picture ID (passport or birth certificate) showing your name and birthdate.
e) Two professional portrait photos in high resolution (minimum 1.5 MB)
f) Recommendation letters from two professional musicians preferably of international standing (your own teacher may be included). The letters may be submitted by the applicant or sent directly from the recommending musicians.
All application materials are to be submitted by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Application deadline: November 15, 2021
The 30 successful candidates for the Preliminary Round will be announced by November 30,2021
4. Preliminary and Semifinal Rounds
The 30 candidates must record both the preliminary and the semifinal round programs in professional recording venues on a 7-foot or bigger grand piano.
Preliminary Round: 20 to 25 minutes video to include:
a) One Prelude and Fugue from the Well-Tempered Clavier by J. S. Bach
b) Two virtuosic études, including one étude by Frédéric Chopin
c) Free choice of one or more pieces
Semifinal Round: 50 to 60 minutes video to include:
a) A complete sonata by Ludwig van Beethoven (excluding Op. 49 and 79) or by Franz Schubert. Repeats are at the discretion of the candidate.
b) Commissioned work (max. 8 minutes). Playing from score is permitted
c) Free choice of one or more pieces
The Preliminary and the Semifinal rounds are to be recorded in two separate videos, but each round must be recorded in one continuous take, without any editing or modification.
Violation of this rule will result in disqualification and application fee will not be refunded.
Except for the commissioned work, all pieces must be played from memory.
The commissioned work will be sent to candidates by November 30, 2021
Candidates are free to arrange the program order as they wish in both rounds.
The SIPC will subsidize up to USD 250 for each candidate towards the venue cost.
Videos of Preliminary and Semifinal rounds must be submitted by January 15, 2022
The Preliminary Round videos will be streamed and judged from January 27 to 30, 2022
The 10 semifinalists will be announced by January 31, 2022
The Semifinal Round videos will be streamed and judged from February 1 to 4, 2022
The three (3) finalists will be announced by February 5, 2022
5. Final Round (March, 2022)
Each finalist will perform in Singapore live with a professional orchestra a full concerto chosen from the list below:
Mozart Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466
Mozart Concerto No. 21 in C major, K. 467
Mozart Concerto No. 23 in A major, K. 488
Mozart Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K. 491
Mozart Concerto No. 27 in B-flat major, K. 595
Beethoven Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37
Beethoven Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58
Beethoven Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 73
Chopin Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11
Chopin Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21
Schumann Concerto in A minor, Op. 54
Brahms Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15
Brahms Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major, Op. 83
Tchaikovsky Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23
Saint-Saëns Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22
Rachmaninoff Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18
Rachmaninoff Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30
Prokofiev Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 16
Prokofiev Concerto No. 3 in C major, Op. 26
Ravel Concerto in G major
The SIPC will subsidize up to USD 1,000 toward each finalist’s traveling expense.
The SIPC Organizing Committee reserves the right to publish all videos on its website and social media.
6. Key Dates
November 15, 2021 Application Deadline
November 30, 2021 Pre-selection Result Announcement
November 30, 2021 Commissioned Work to be sent to Contestants
January 15, 2022 Preliminary & Semifinal Rounds Video Deadline
January 27-30, 2022 Preliminary Round Streaming
January 31, 2022 Preliminary Round Result
February 1-4, 2022 Semifinal Round Streaming
February 5, 2022 Semifinal Round Result
March, 2022 Concerto Final Round (exact date to be announced)
Ms Chuifun Poon (Executive Director)
The Singapore International Piano Competition is a registered member of the Alink-Argerich Foundation (AAF). It is hosted by the Global International Musicians Association and co-hosted by the
Singapore Music Teachers Association.
Global International Musicians Association - Host
Established in 2017, The Global International Musicians Association (GIMA) brings together performers, educators, and music industry entrepreneurs by presenting competitions, concerts and
master classes. It promotes collaboration in the international music field, elevates teaching skills, and broadens horizons. It endeavors to cultivate a new generation of music talents by creating a positive musical environment filled with opportunities.
Singapore Music Teachers Association - Co-host
The Singapore Music Teachers Association is an independent non-profit organization established in 1966 to promote and strengthen professional music teaching in Singapore. With the support of the National Arts Council of Singapore, the association has organized many major events in Singapore, such as the Singapore Performing Arts Festival-Chamber Music Competition and the Singapore International Piano Education Symposium.