The Euroasia Association of Performing Arts is an independent non-profit organisation which is self-funded and under the Royal Patronage of His Royal Highness Tunku Zain Al-‘Abidin ibni Tuanku Muhriz. The Association is dedicated to the education, promotion and development of the performing arts in Malaysia, and seeks to do so by providing a wide variety of highly regarded programmes which are intercultural and internationally collaborative. In fulfilling its mission to educate, enhance and enrich the cultural vitality of the arts, Euroasia is supported by 2 of the world’s leading music education institutions, Trinity College London and the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM).
Since 2013, Euroasia has organised the Euroasia Youth Music Festival and Competition Series. As its name suggests, the Euroasia Youth Music Festival was founded on the fundamental goal of bringing the rich traditions of European classical music to talented Malaysian musicians through exposure to different pedagogical approaches and broader perspectives on the style, technique and history of Western classical music. To this end, the Euroasia Youth Music Festival has featured a plethora of workshops, masterclasses and concerts facilitated by an international faculty, including performers and educators from China, France, Italy, Philippines, Malaysia, Venezuela, Vietnam, Taiwan, and the UK.
The Euroasia Competition Series seeks to provide a platform and opportunity for aspiring musicians to be exposed to international standards of music competition. In this regard, the Euroasia Competition Series hopes to recognise talents at various stages of their musical development, and to identify those who can best project a balance of creativity, imagination in choice of repertoire, and overall artistic excellence. Euroasia firmly believes that performance is a vital part of music development. As such, the Euroasia Competition Series is not about identifying the “best” musician, but about bringing together youths bound by the same passion for music to perform before a wider audience in a concert setting. Euroasia is proud to share that the Euroasia Competition Series has extended beyond Malaysian shores to attract participants from America, Australia, Brunei, China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, the United Kingdom and Taiwan in recent years.
In 2018, Euroasia established the partnership with two esteemed organisations, the Festival De Musique Des Arcs in France, and the Siam Sinfonietta in Thailand, and we are pleased that this collaboration extends on for 2020 as well.
The partnership with Festival De Musique Des Arcs enables the Patron’s Prize winner and future winners of the Euroasia Strings Competition to have the wonderful opportunity to study with some of the best educators in France, and the Concerto Prize offered by the Siam Sinfonietta, Thailand’s most internationally renowned youth orchestra, will grant the winner a concerto performance with the Sinfonietta.
In 2019, we welcomed on board Encounter from the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra and Malaysia’s very own professional chamber orchestra, the Kamerata Kuala Lumpur to our growing family of collaborators. The partnership with Kamerata KL provided another concerto performance opportunity for the winner from the Young Artiste Junior Category from 2019 onward.
The Open Category aims to celebrate music achievement at all levels, whereas the Young Artiste Category aspires to identify and discover the next generation of artistes who demonstrate exceptional talent and artistry in their performance. The Ensemble Category seeks to provide young musicians with an opportunity to further accelerate their artistic growth and excel in their chamber musical skills by collaborating and performing together with fellow musicians.
All categories will have 2 rounds: a regional preliminary round and national-level final.