Now in its second year, Hitmaker Global Academy, an advanced teaching methodology contemporary music learning school, has launched the International Solo & Ensemble competition (ISEC) for 2020.
Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, this year’s edition will combine both the Solo and the Ensemble segments and will be conducted online. A total of 750 participants have signed up from the preliminaries organised through online submissions in August 2020. From the submissions, a further 510 entries were shortlisted for the semi-finals happening from 1st to 6th Oct across 8 countries, namely, Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the cities in the Mainland China such as Guangzhou, Hangzhou, and Kunming
Notable judges for the competition include European composer Dr. Hardy Mertens, Associate Professor Zuo Jun of NUS Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, Darrell Ang, Artistic Director of The Sichuan Orchestra of China, and Ng Yu Ying, Singapore T’ang Quartet 1st violinist.
The competition will be carried out in 4 stages gradually towards live competitions in Singapore & Sydney in 2021. The Singapore Final round result will be announced on Hitmaker Global Academy’s official website hitmaker.sg on 15th October, as well as the official website of the Emperor International Music Center and Tian Ma International Music Center. The finals are tentatively scheduled for 30th January to 4th February 2021, subject to the Covid-19 developments.
Says Andy Wong, CEO of Hitmaker Global Academy: “Every year, we bring together young talents all over the world to Singapore to learn, collaborate and compete in our prestigious solo and ensemble competitions. In every competition, we invite world renown musicians, educators, and industry experts to adjudicate the competition and conduct masterclasses for our contestants. This year, a global crisis has hit the international community and our competitions has been postponed amid the pandemic. The moment has come for us to persevere and continue our pursuit for excellence. We also want to remind people about the importance of music and that music has the power to heal people during this difficult period.”
Hitmaker Global Academy launches International Solo & Ensemble Competition 2020/2021 will broadcast the semi-finals from 1st to 6th October 2020 on The FLUX TV Channel, Hitmaker Official Youtube Channel and Bilibili.com. For more information, visit their website here