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Young pianists invited to enter national competition

The sixth instalment of the prestigious Unisa National Piano Competition will take place from 13 July to 20 July 2019 in the ZK Matthews Great Hall on Unisa’s Muckleneuk Campus in Pretoria.

Unisa National Piano Competition
Kyle Shepherd PHOTO Shooheima Champion

The event will once again include a Jazz Piano category running parallel to the traditional Classical category. Two panels of adjudicators will evaluate the performances.
     Successful candidates will be required to prepare four different programmes for four live rounds, all in one short week.
     The final round on 20 July will be the highlight of the event with four young pianists getting the opportunity to perform with some of South Africa’s best professional musicians. The two jazz finalists will perform with a professional rhythm section while the two classical finalists will each perform a full piano concerto with a symphony orchestra.
     The event, sponsored by Unisa, is famous for the high level of musicianship, stamina, technique and focus it requires of the pianists. They will be well rewarded for their efforts since the prizes are worth R210 000 altogether.
     The winners of the 5th National Piano Competition were Megan-Geoffrey Prins (classical category) and Kyle Shepherd (jazz category).