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 (all movements)

  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.)

Piano candidates must first submit a pre-screening video to be reviewed by the piano faculty. The repertoire required for the pre-screening video and the live audition must be the same. 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. 


  • All audition repertoires must be performed from memory.

  • No exceptions or substitutions will be permitted for the above requirements.

  • No concerti or transcriptions are permitted.

  • 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.

  • 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, high quality recording performed in one sitting on a grand piano with the same room conditions. Recordings should be uploaded onto Google Drive, DropBox or other available accessible platforms online.

  • Any remaining questions regarding repertoire can be addressed to Conservatory Head of Piano Studies, Prof Thomas Hecht.