Piano

Piano candidates must first submit a pre-screening video to be reviewed by the piano faculty. Shortlisted candidates will then be invited to the LIVE audition in Singapore, which will include 2 rounds:
 
Round 1 includes an audition featuring works selected from the candidate’s repertoire list by the audition panel, followed by a 5-minute interview and a short English oral test (for overseas candidates not exempted from the Qualifying English Test). Candidates who are in a competitive position for an offer of admission will be invited to Round 2, where they will be required to perform further works selected from the audition programme, sight reading of a short piano piece and complete a 1-hour listening and general musical aptitude test. Each finalist will also receive a one-to-one trial lesson with a major teacher. 
 
The repertoire required for the pre-screening video and the LIVE audition must be the same. For the pre-screening video, each piece must be uploaded as a separate file and labelled to indicate the composer, title and movement e.g. the Prelude & Fugue and each sonata movement should be recorded as a separate file. For consistency, each piece must be an unedited recording performed in one sitting with the same conditions e.g. grand piano, room. Recordings should be submitted electronically via Google Drive, DropBox or other available accessible platforms online. 

 

BACHELOR OF MUSIC & YOUNG ARTIST

Candidates are required to perform one selection from each of the following five groups:

1.    One virtuoso etude by Chopin, Liszt, Rachmaninov, Debussy, Scriabin, Bartok, Stravinsky, Moszkowski, Prokofiev, Ligeti, or Bolcom

2.    Any Prelude & Fugue chosen from the Well-Tempered Clavier by J.S. Bach

3.    A complete sonata by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, or Clementi

4.    A major work from the Romantic period*

5.    A representative work from the 20th century to the present*

(*See FAQs on Piano Audition Guidelines for further specifications on these categories.)

 

MASTER OF MUSIC

A 60-minute, memorised recital programme offering contrasting styles from at least three different periods and including a complete sonata by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, or Clementi.

 

 

NOTE: 

  • No exceptions or substitutions will be permitted for the above requirements.
  • All audition repertoires must be performed from memory.
  • No concerti or transcriptions are permitted.
  • The applicant may be asked to play scales and arpeggios.
  • The audition in Round 2 will also include a sight-reading of a short piano piece.
  • Any remaining questions regarding repertoire can be addressed to Conservatory Head of Piano Studies, Professor Thomas Hecht (email: musth@nus.edu.sg).
  • Each candidate must also submit a Repertoire Validation List of works that he/she has studied within the last three years as part of the application process.