The “Crystal Special Edition” of this year’s Zhongsin International Music Competition is unfolding for the first time in Taiwan.
After a successful start last weekend, the second leg of the competition is slated for Oct. 31 in Kaohsiung at the Auditorium on the 8th floor of the Dream Mall.
As one of the largest and most influential music competitions in Asia, this “Crystal Special Edition” features musicians of all ages who are competing in various categories, including piano, orchestra, percussion and music composition.
Past competitions saw contestants from all parts of the world, including the U.S., Germany, Sweden, Canada, and more.
Over the past 15 years, more than 50,000 people have entered the Singapore-based contest and over 10,000 have made it through to the finals, making it one of the largest and most influential music events in Asia.
This year’s competition has met its first major challenge since its inception, however, as the COVID-19 pandemic has prevented large gatherings and international travel.
Thanks to its successes in preventing the further spread of the pandemic, the organizer suddenly agreed that Taiwan is the most suitable location to host such an international event.
According to a spokesperson, the organizer had originally intended to postpone the competition until next year.
After seeing children and performers without a stage to showcase their talents and hard work, they eventually decided in August to hold a special “Crystal Special Edition” here, enabling first-prize winners to automatically qualify for the international competition next year in Singapore.
Recently, the Taipei competition ended successfully at the Shin Kong Concert Hall (新光音樂廳).
The organizer said that although the children were not very familiar with the new format, the feedback was very positive, with most people complimenting on the flow of the competition.
The performing arts director also had the opportunity to capture some behind-the-scenes footage along with the actual competition.
It was not easy to hold such a large-scale event despite the pandemic, and some of the more than 100 participants who entered the Taipei leg of the competition performed the results of their months of training on stage and received standing ovations.
As for the Kaohsiung competition which will unfold in a bigger venue, the organizer said that the personalities of the participants may be different too, so they are looking forward to being amazed, yet again.