I Play Yamaha - Yamaha Artist

If you are searching for opportunities to perform and if you welcome Yamaha Piano as your first choice of musical expression, Yamaha is proud to invite you to be a Yamaha Artist or Yamaha Young Artist. These two programmes are new initiatives by Yamaha Singapore to nurture emerging young piano talents in Singapore. Pianists under the two-year Yamaha Artist and Yamaha Young Artist will be affiliated with the group of Yamaha Artists such as Hiromi Uehara and Cyprien Katsaris and gain access to exclusive performance opportunities. Pianists selected will be featured at the inaugural “I Play Yamaha” concert, which highlights the new Yamaha Artists and Yamaha Young Artists.

Yamaha & Bösendorfer Artist

Churen Li

Interview with Yamaha & Bösendorfer Artist Churen Li

Praised for her “extraordinary skill” in the South China Morning Post (Hong Kong), and the “epitome of poise and polish” in The Straits Times (Singapore) well as “a pianist who gives new spirit and breath of life to [her] bewitching performances” in the Ragusa Times (Sicily), 22-year-old Singaporean pianist Churen Li continues to impress audiences with her musicality, poetry and charm. She was listed on Singapore Tatler's Generation-T List 2018, a celebration of "50 of the brightest connectors, creative visionaries, influential innovators and disruptive talents in Singapore."

In 2015, she performed as the soloist in a tour of Macau and Hong Kong with the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music Orchestra, at the invitation of Singapore’s High Consulate in Hong Kong as part of the SG50 celebrations. Other concerto engagements include performances with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Klassiche Budapest Philharmonic, Metropolitan Festival Orchestra Singapore, Mikhail Jora Philharmonic of Bacau and NUS Symphony Orchestra.

Churen has won top prizes at international and national competitions, including the 1st Prize at the International Young Talents Piano Competition of Barlassina (2014), International Piano Competition “Pietro Argento” (2014), PianoTalents Milano (2014), Yong Siew Toh Conservatory Concerto Competition (2014), Ars Nova International Piano Competition (2012) and National Piano and Violin Competition – Senior Category (2011) and 3rd Prize at the Aarhus International Piano Competition (2011).

Yamaha Artist Serene Koh

Born in 1995, Singaporean pianist Serene Koh is a Yamaha artist. She studied with Thomas Hecht at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music in Singapore under the Young Artist Program and eventually completed her undergraduate studies there. Prior to this, she was a student of Angelyn Aw. Currently, she is in her second year of Masters at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, studying with Martin Roscoe and Ronan O’hora. She is a scholarship recipient of The Leverhulme Trust. Serene has won top prizes at competitions such as the Singapore National Piano Competition 2017, Singapore International Ars Nova Piano Competition 2012 and Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition 2010. Serene had performed at the Esplanade Concert Hall and Victoria Concert Hall with the Singapore Chinese Orchestra and NPVC Orchestra. Other than her home country, she was also invited to perform in Malaysia and Cambodia. While she is in London, Serene was invited to perform the Elgar Piano Quintet organised by The Elgar Society. She was also involved in a concert that will be broadcasted on BBC Radio 3, in which she performed with the award-winning violinist Maria Wloszczowska. Serene had also received masterclasses by Andras Schiff, Stephen Kovacevich, Richard Goode, Bernd Goetzke, Daniel Pollack, Kathryn Stott and Finghin Collins among others. Apart from playing the piano, Serene enjoys cooking and reading.

Yamaha Artists

Yamaha Young Artists

I Play Yamaha 2018 Admission

Eligibility of Yamaha Artist & Yamaha Young Artist

Age Group:

Yamaha Young Artist: 13 - 16 years old
(i.e. born between January 1, 2002 and December 31, 2005)

Yamaha Artist: 17 - 25 years old (at the age of entry)
(i.e. born between January 1, 1993 and December 31, 2001)

Nationality:

Open to Singapore citizens and Permanent Residents (PRs) residing in Singapore only.

Opportunities Offered Under the Yamaha Artist & Yamaha Young Artist *

Talents under the two-year Yamaha Artist and Yamaha Young Artist are entitled to the opportunities below:

Yamaha Young Artist:

  • Masterclass with renowned artist
  • Combined recital at Yamaha Piano Salon, Thomson Plaza
  • Combined concert at a venue in Singapore
  • Privilege ownership programme
  • Opportunity to be featured in Yamaha’s publicity materials

Yamaha Artist:

  • Masterclass with renowned artist
  • Solo recital at Yamaha Piano Salon, Thomson Plaza
  • Combined recital at a venue within regional countries (Costs to be co-shared between Artist and Yamaha)
  • Privilege ownership programme
  • Opportunity to be featured in Yamaha’s publicity materials

*Details of the programmes are subjected to change. More details of the programmes will be shared at a later date.

This event is organised by Yamaha Music Asia Private Limited and managed by Global Cultural Alliance Ltd.