a. Who can take part in the competition?

The Nanyang International Music Competition is an international competition. We welcome applications from all participants worldwide, professionals and amateurs. There are age restrictions for the various instrumental categories. Please check our page for more details and information.

b. Can I participate in multiple categories?

Participants may not enter more than one solo category, however they may participate in the ensemble category simultaneously.

c. Is there live competition?

Due to the pandemic, this year’s competition will only be offered online.

d. Do I need to submit video to qualify for the competition?

Your video submission will be used as your participation video in the competition. So long as your video submission meets the requirement of the category applied for, your video will be evaluated and an award will be given based on the points.

e. I am interested in the virtual competition, when do I submit my  video?

For Guzheng Artist Category, registration and submission of semifinal video may be done any time before 31 May 2021.


For Solo and Ensemble Category, registration and submission of video may be done any time before 15 June 2021. Please note that the video must be recorded within 6 months of the application date (not application deadline). Video for the Preliminary Round of the Guzheng Artist Category must be submitted before 31 May 2021.

f. What are the prizes for the virtual competition?

All participants will receive an Award or a Certificate of Participation. Participants who are awarded Gold with Distinction will stand a chance to be selected to perform in a concert presented by the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore, in year 2022 or 2023.

g. How much is the application fee?

The application fee for the Guzheng Artist Category is SGD 300. The application fee for the solo categories is SGD 150. For the Ensemble categories, the application fee is SGD 150 per group with an additional fee of SGD 10 per ensemble member; the final amount capped at SGD 300.

Please note that if the registration fee is paid via WeChat Pay or Alipay, please use the conversion rate of 1:5, i.e. SGD 150 = RMB 750 for payment.

h. Should I participate in the Professional or Non-Professional Category?

There is no restriction in the choice of category participated, except for age restrictions. Participants of the lower age groups may participate in the higher age groups, however applicants of the higher age groups will not be allowed to participate in the lower age groups due to age restrictions. Applicants are free to choose between participation in either the “Professional” or “Non-Professional” categories; their choice of category will be stated on the certificate. There is no limit to the number of Gold Awards that may be awarded by the adjudication panel. As long as the score is above 85, the participant will be awarded the Gold Award, regardless of the scores of other participants.


i. How do I submit my audition/performance video file?

We have provided you two options to submit the video file. You may provide us the link in the form through a file sharing site (such as DropboxGoogle DriveWeTransferMicrosoft OneDrive, etc.) and the other to upload your file directly. 

Please note that we do not accept any link from video streaming sites such as Youtube, Vimeo, etc.

j. Can I record and submit multiple videos for audition or virtual competition? 

Submitted videos must not be edited or remastered in any way. Audio and video must be synchronized without any evidence of separate recordings being edited together. If there are two works presented, each work may be recorded and uploaded separately.


k. Is there an “Outstanding Teacher” Award?

Yes, the organizing committee will award the “Outstanding Teacher Award” to all teachers whose student(s) are awarded with Gold or Gold with Distinction award.

l. Who are the adjudicators?

The 3rd Nanyang International Music Competition 2021—Chinese Music Division, will invite notable musicians and faculty members of major arts schools from China, Hong Kong and Taiwan to adjudicate the competition. The adjudicators will be announced prior to the start of the competition.


Updated as of 4 April 2021.