Following the regional round held in Vietnam in November 2023, the Organising Committee selected 31 eligible contestants to advance to the final round of the international music competition. The final round took place over five days in Singapore.

The Vietnamese contestants included students from both professional and non-professional art training institutions such as the Vietnam National Academy of Music, HCM City Conservatory of Music, CIS International School – HCM City, Alexandre Yersin French High School – Hanoi, and Dewey School system – Hanoi, among others.

The final artistic council of the competition comprised 532 professors, lecturers, and experts from renowned art schools, leading music training institutions, as well as professional artists from around the world.

The closing and award ceremony of the competition took place at the Star Performing Arts Centre in Singapore, with the participation of nearly 4,000 parents and contestants.

Pianist Nguyen Le Thuyen Ha, head of the Organising Committee for the preliminary round in Vietnam, became the first Vietnamese artist to join the judging panel for the Final Round in Singapore.

She noted that the Vietnamese contestants achieved remarkable results, bringing honor and pride to Vietnam on the international artistic stage while competing against over 1,000 contestants from various countries worldwide.

Vietnamese contestants won three first prizes in the Amateur category across different age groups, specifically in the Piano discipline, as well as two first prizes in the disciplines of vocal music and traditional musical instrument – bamboo flute.

In addition, they secured one second prize in the Open category in the Composition discipline, 10 second prizes in the Amateur category across different age groups in the disciplines of Piano, Vocal Music, Jazz Drum, and Violin, as well as 13 third prizes in the Amateur category across different age groups in the Piano discipline.

Furthermore, the Vietnamese delegation achieved a Top 5 ranking in the Open category in the Piano discipline and received one Best Performance Award in the Professional category for Vocal Music.

This year’s event marked the debut of a traditional Vietnamese musical instrument, the H’mong flute. Ly Minh Cuong, a young man from Ha Giang province, was awarded first prize in the Traditional Musical Instrument category.

“The final round of the ZhongSin International Music Competition 2024 in Singapore was organized professionally. International contestants paid attention to detail in their attire and performances. For the first time, the Vietnamese delegation introduced a traditional Vietnamese musical instrument to the competition and achieved the highest result,” Ha expressed.

“As the head of the delegation, I am proud to witness Vietnamese contestants shining on the international artistic stage and earning recognition.”

The first Zhongsin International Music Competition took place in Singapore in 2007. The competition aims to become one of the most professional and comprehensive international music competitions of its kind. Since its inception, this competition has received significant support from the National Arts Council of Singapore and the Singapore Chinese Music Association.

The contest consists of preliminary and final rounds. The preliminary qualifiers attract over 50,000 entrants, while 1,000 finalists participate in the competition each year. Competitors come from different countries around the world and compete in categories such as piano, voice, strings, guitar, winds, electronic organ, accordion, percussion, and folk instruments.