For the first time in ages, two Singaporeans have been selected to participate in the 1st Round of the Leeds International Piano Competition. They are CLARENCE LEE and KSENIIA VOKHMIANINA (originally from the Ukraine), who will perform on 8 April 2018 at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory.
The last time any Singaporean got to play in the Leeds dates back to the 1970s when the likes of Melvyn Tan and Seow Yit Kin got to participate.
There were over 200 entries this year for the United Kingdom's most prestigious piano competition, and 68 pianists were selected to perform in the decentralised 1st round, which takes place in Berlin, New York and Singapore. This is the first time that the competition is being held outside of the West Yorkshire city of Leeds. 24 pianists will then be selected to perform in the 2nd round which carries on in Leeds from August 2018.
So make a date for Sunday 8 April 2018 to cheer on our young musical talents. Let's hope our locally trained artists (Clarence at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory and Kseniia at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts) get to go all the way!