Acclaimed jazz pianist and Standard Bank Young Artist for Jazz 2014, Kyle Shepherd received the first prize for the Jazz Category at the Unisa National Piano Competition in July.
For his energetic and varied programme featuring Charlie Parker’s ‘Scrapple from the Apple’, three of his own compositions and the prescribed piece ‘We will meet again’ by Billy Evans, Kyle Shepherd was awarded the first prize of R60 000 for the Jazz Category at the 5th Unisa National Piano Competition at the Z K Matthews Great Hall on 18 July. Shepherd also received the award for best performance of a South African jazz composition in the second round, one of six special prizes awarded during the competition.
All four of the finalists, Kyle Shepherd, Lungelo Ngcobo (runner – up in the Jazz category), Willem de Beer (runner – up in the Classical category) and Megan-Geoffrey Prins (winner in the Classical category), will be able to represent South Africa in the prestigious 13th Unisa International Piano Competition taking place in January 2016.
Fresh from a successful Canadian Tour in June, which saw the Kyle Shepherd Trio perform at four international Jazz festivals in Victoria, Vancouver, Ottawa and Montreal, the Trio will, thanks to Concerts SA Mobility Fund, be embarking on a Southern Africa Concert Tour in September 2015 that will see them perform in Mozambique, Botswana and in major cities across South Africa.
Kyle Shepherd Trio Southern Africa Concert Tour:
Wednesday, 2 September 2015, 18:00 – University of KwaZulu-Natal [UKZN], Howard College, Centre for Jazz and Popular Music, Durban, South Africa
Friday, 4 September 2015, 20:00 – Wits Great Hall, University of Witwatersrand (Wits) Johannesburg, South Africa
Sunday, 6 September 2015, 19:00 – Gaborone International Music and Culture Week (GIMC15), Gaborone, Botswana
Thursday, 10 September 2015, 19:00 – Centro Cultural Franco-Moçambicano (CCFM) Auditorium, Maputo, Mozambique
Thursday, 8 October 2015, 20:30 & 22:00 – Straight No Chaser Club, Cape Town, South Africa
Saturday, 19 September 2015 – Stirling High School Auditorium, East London, South Africa
Friday, 9 October 2015, 20:30 & 22:00 – Straight No Chaser Club, Cape Town, South Africa