Semi-finalists for the Unisa Music Foundation’s 13th International Piano Competition, jazz and classic categories, were announced this weekend after a grueling second round which ended in a crescendo. This was much to the delight of audiences who experienced firsthand the remarkable talent of some of the world’s most promising young musicians at the ZK Matthews Great Hall in Pretoria.
Congratulations to the semi-finalists in the classical category. They are f.l.t.r. Daniel Ciobanu (Romania), Philipp Scheucher (Austria), Seomseung Lee (Republic of Korea), Georgy Voylochnikov (Russia), Kana Ito (Japan) and Igor Andreev (Russia). They will perform again on Tuesday 2 February.
The semi-finalists advancing to the third round for the jazz category on Monday 1 February are Gil Scott Chapman (USA), Joshua Espinoza (USA), Addison Frei (USA), Lex Korten (USA), Paul Shinn (USA) and Sebastiaan van Bavel (The Netherlands).
It is to be noted that the competition runs until Saturday 6 February 2016. The semi-finals take place:
1st Feb: 3rd Round of Jazz category. Finalists will be announced at the end of three sessions which are at 10am, 2pm and 7pm.
2nd Feb: 3rd Round of the Classical category. Finalists will be announced at the end of three sessions take place at 10am, 2pm and 7pm. Tickets for the third round are only R55 per session for adults and R45 for students and pensioners.
Final concerts with three competitors in each category, take place on 5th February from 7pm for Jazz and 6th February from 7pm with Classical. The finalists will perform their own choice of repertoire for 30 – 35 minutes with a rhythm section or orchestra were winners will be announced thereafter. These final round tickets can be purchased on Computicket ranging between R90 – R190.