Singapore Prize for Violinists

The top prize is worth US$100,000, with runner-ups receiving a smaller prize. The winning violinist will also have a chance to perform at the Singapore International Violin Competition in 2023.

The prize, which comes with a commissioned trophy, is given every three years and was first mooted in 2014 by NUS Asia Research Institute distinguished fellow and former head of the Department of History Kishore Mahbubani in a Straits Times column. He argued that the study of history helps to bring nations together and is “a way of understanding ourselves and each other”.

It was announced in October this year that the inaugural winner would be a book by historian and renowned author David Marshall called The Singapore Story: A Biography of the Nation. The book traces the story of the city-state’s transformation into one of the most cosmopolitan and globalised nations in the world. It was published in English and will be available at all major bookstores nationwide from 1 June.

In the literature category, this year’s awards saw some first-time winners. These included poets alllkunila, innnpaa, and Jee Leong Koh. Novelists Daryl Qilin Yam and Rama Suresh were shortlisted for their novels, while rma cureess won the Readers’ Favourite award, determined by public votes.

The awards ceremony will be a precursor to Earthshot Week, which will see global leaders, businesses and investors travel to Singapore from 6 November to explore opportunities with the winners and finalists. The initiative is aimed at accelerating their plans and bringing about tangible action to repair the planet.

A citation from Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew will also be presented to the winners of this year’s awards. This prestigious international award recognises individuals or organisations who have made significant contributions to solving the world’s water challenges through innovations in technology, policies and programmes that benefit humanity. It is named after Singapore’s first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew because of his foresight and leadership in the area of water.

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