Back in late November 2018, we hosted the first-ever KORG Digital Piano Competition that offered young pianists (aged 10 and below) a platform to showcase their budding virtuoso talents. We received an overwhelming turnout, with over 70 young pianist that attended the auditions. Titus Leong was crowned the 2018 KORG Junior Piano Competition winner with a memorable performance of "Toccata in A Minor" by Isaac Berkovich during the finals.

We were convinced that we had to raise the bar. By 2 years.

Jointly organised by City Music SingaporeKorg and POPULAR, we proudly present: KORG Junior Piano Competition of 2019!

All young pianist aged 12 and under are now able to participate in this opportunity. Candidates that have successfully breezed through auditions, they would require to attend the finals of the competition as KORG Junior Piano Competition finalists. The grand finals will be held at BookFest@Singapore on 8 December 2019, from 6:00 - 8:00PM.

Parents/Guardians may register for interested parties by filling in the registration form on the bottom of the page.

For more competition & audition details and guidelines, please read on below.

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For highlights of the 2018 event, check out our post recap: here!
Or hit 'play' on the following videos below.


Titus Leong, aged 10 and the first-ever grand winner of KORG's 2018 Junior Piano Competition, was invited down to City Music Singapore's showroom for a quick sit-down interview and to perform a rendition of his final competition piece, "Toccata in A Minor" by Isaac Berkovich, on the KORG Digital Piano: C1 Air. This video has been published and distributed on Korg and City Music official platforms.

A Look Back on the 2018's Auditions and Finalists

City Music & KORG present a special throwback with a look back on the very first KORG Junior Piano Competition Singapore 2018. Auditions were held at various POPULAR Bookstores around the island, and over the course of 4 weeks, saw many pianists all under 10 years old perform their chosen Classical pieces in front of crowds and the competition panel of judges. The Grand Finals took place at POPULAR BookFest 2018.

We look forward to all your participation in 2019 and hope to see you at BookFest!


Registration Guidelines

All participants must be 12 years old and below (born in the year 2007 or later). The KORG Junior Piano Competition is open to candidates of all nationalities and background.

Register here for the in-store auditions.

IMPORTANT DATES

Closing Date for Registration

17 Nov 2019

Date(s) for Auditions:

Date: 23 – 24 Nov 2019 (Sat & Sun)

Venue: POPULAR Bras Basah Complex (Level 2)

Date for Finals:

Date: 8 Dec 2019 (Sun)

Venue: Suntec Convention Hall 401 (Stage Area)

Time: 6pm – 8pm

*Participants will be notified of the audition venue, date and time via email and/or phone.

FORMAT OF COMPETITION

1. Auditions

Successful registrants will be invited to audition at POPULAR Bras Basah Complex.

For the audition, participants must perform ONE (1) solo piano piece from eras of Western music (including Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Twentieth Century).

Original compositions and improvisations are not permitted. Repeats may be played at the discretion of the performer but are not required.

The audition floors will be open for practice 1 hour before the audition. Practice session is based on a first-come-first-serve basis and limited to 10 minutes per participant. Participants are advised to bring along their own headphones for the practice session.

 2. Grand Finals

10 finalists will be selected to proceed to the finals at BookFest@Singapore 2019. Finalists will be contacted via email and/or phone call by 2 December 2019 (Monday).

Finalists will be given 5 minutes on stage for their piano recital. Finalists are only required to perform ONE (1) piano piece and it can be the same as the audition piece.

Original compositions and improvisations are not permitted. All decisions made by the judges are final.

The top 3 winners will be crowned along with 7 consolation prizes. The prize presentation will be held on stage at the end of the Grand Finals. Prizes are worth more than $4,000!

1st Prize -                KORG G1 Air Digital Piano (worth $2,075)

                                  KORG KDM3 Digital Metronome (worth $75)

                                  Video & Audio Recording Package worth ($1,000)

 

2nd Prize -                KORG Microkey 61 MIDI Keyboard Controller (worth $205)

                                    KORG KDM3 Digital Metronome (worth $75)

 

3rd Prize -                 KORG Microkey 25 MIDI Keyboard Controller (worth $90)

                                    KORG KDM3 Digital Metronome (worth $75)

 

Consolation Prize x 7 - KORG KDM-3 Digital Metronome (Worth $75)

Please note that prizes and its value are subjected to change without prior notice.

JUDGING CRITERIA

The performance will be assessed based on Arrangement, Performance, Tone and Rhythm.

Judges may call a stop to the audition (without affecting the score). All decisions made by the judges are final.

RULES AND REGULATIONS

This contest is only open to children aged 12 years old and below (born in the year 2007 or later), excluding employees and immediate family members of KORG, City Music Co (Pte) Ltd and Popular Book Co (Pte) Ltd. The age requirements apply to the participant’s age as of 8 December 2019. The KORG Junior Piano Competition is opened to candidates of all nationalities and background.

Registration is free of charge and registration closes on 17 Nov 2019. It is the responsibility of the participants and their parent/guardian to read the competition guidelines and all other terms and conditions stated herein.

By participating in the competition, the participant and their parent/guardian agree to accept all terms and requirements set forth herein and be bound by decisions of the organisers. KORG, City Music Co (Pte) Ltd and Popular Book Co (Pte) Ltd reserve the right to change any of the competition guidelines and all other terms and conditions without prior notice.

All decisions made by the judges are final, and no correspondence regarding the judges’ decisions will be entertained.

KORG, City Music Co (Pte) Ltd and Popular Book Co (Pte) Ltd are not responsible for and shall not be held liable for any claims, suits, actions, liabilities, injuries, losses, or damages of any kind in connection with the competition or resulting from acceptance, possession, or use of any prizes and awards.

Photographs and videos will be taken during this event for publicity purposes. By registering for the contest, the participant and their parent/guardian authorises the use of the participant's name, image, likeness or particulars for internal and external publicity purposes, without further compensation, for an unlimited period of time, in any manner as the organisers shall in their sole discretion deem fit, except where prohibited by law.

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