Singapore International Violin Competition live-streams for the first time

Sergei Dogadin, winner of the Singapore International Violin Competition in 2018, performing at the Victoria Concert Hall. PHOTO BY: SINGAPORE INTERNATIONAL VIOLIN COMPETITION

SINGAPORE – The Singapore International Violin Competition (SIVC) is being live-streamed with well-known classical music channel for the first time.

The triannual competition by the Yong Siew Toh (YST) Conservatory of Music returns after being postponed from its original date in January. Held in partnership with, it is a platform to connect young new talents with international audiences.

Founder and chief executive officer of Herve Boissiere, 56, says: “From the beginning, has been very focused on new artists and talents. That’s the future of our industry. One way to prepare for that is to give visibility to new talents. This competition is a good opportunity to create a bridge between new talents and audiences.”

Spanning two weeks from Thursday, the competition features local and international contestants.

Professor Peter Tornquist, 59, dean of the YST Conservatory of Music, says: “Singapore has much to offer in terms of cultural tourism, but we need to make our brand known to the outside (world). What can do with its online presence is to help perpetuate that.”

Started in 2008, has live-streamed global competitions and performances such as the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Russia and the International Chopin Piano Competition in Poland. This has made it the number one channel for classical music.

Prof Tornquist says: “I’ve jokingly referred to SIVC as the Formula One of classical music. The competition sits naturally at this international level, so it made sense to partner with them.”

Mr Boissiere says there are currently no major solo violin competitions immediately recognisable as number one. The International Tchaikovsky Competition was previously the pinnacle, but the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war has left the future of the competition uncertain.

“We believe Singapore can really accelerate this position in the competition market,” he adds.

This is the first full violin competition has live-streamed in Singapore and Mr Boissiere hopes it will open more doors in the Asian region. The channel has previously live-streamed music competitions in Japan, Hong Kong and Beijing.

Singapore International Violin Competition

When: Thursday to Dec 14, various timings

Correction note: An earlier version of this article stated that this is the first time SIVC is being live-streamed globally. SIVC has previously live-streamed their 2015 and 2018 competitions on YouTube. We are sorry for the error.

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