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About the Festival

The Singapore International Piano Festival was established in 1994, when solo piano recitals were a rare event in the country. Now in its 27th edition, the festival has become a highlight of the international music calendar and is today Asia’s premier piano festival.

SIPF takes the unique approach of presenting recitals by four different pianists over a series of consecutive evenings. Past editions of the festival have featured the virtuosos Martha Argerich, Nelson Freire, Yuja Wang, Stephen Kovacevich, Nikolai Demidenko, Pascal Rogé, Piotr Anderszewski, Stephen Hough, Benjamin Grosvenor, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, Lars Vogt and Angela Hewitt, among others.

The festival is organised by Singapore Symphony Orchestra and takes place in Victoria Concert Hall, one of the oldest buildings in Singapore. The 2021 edition will be held 3-6 June and features Kseniia Vokhmianina, Churen Li, Nicholas Loh and Chang Yun-Hua.

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Festival Director: Lim Yan

Lim Yan is the first in the 27-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.

History

2019: 26th Singapore International Piano Festival
Sa Chen, Ronan O'Hora, Kirill Gerstein, Louis Schwizgebel

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