Surprise result in National Music CompetitionArtscape
The sixth annual Artscape National Youth Music Competition has rendered several surprise results at Saturday’s (13 October) finalist gala concert.
Two talented young pianists walked off with the laurels with, to the decimal perfect, matching scores by eight adjudicators.
Sulayman Human, 19, of Oudtshoorn, and 14-year-old Kensuke Kawajiri of Hyde Park in Johannesburg have clinched the gold medal(s) and R25 000 prize from six finalists at the grand finalé concert.
Human performed Totentanz by F Liszt and Kawajiri played the first movement of the Shostakovich Piano Concerto No 2 in F Major, Op 102 with the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra.
As part of their first prize they will be invited to perform in a concert at Hilton College near Pietermaritzburg in 2013.
The winning pair palmed in the sought-after R4 000 Yalta Menuhin Award and medals for Best Pianist. In addition to that, Human received the Hubrecht Brody Prize of R5 000 and Kawajiri received the R4 000 Pauline Nossel Prize for the Best Performance of a Classical Work by a Pianist.
They have also wiped the floor by winning the piano category prize. The other category winners were Lieva Starker, 17 of Tamboerskloof in Cape Town (strings) and Sakhile Humbane, 16, of Kwa Mashu in Durban. They each received R5 000 and a silver medal.
Humbane also won the R4 000 Leon Hartshorne Prize for the best Wind Instrumentalist and Starker walked away with the R4 000 Pieter Schoeman Award for best violinist.
In the category for the best performance of a South African composition, Caryn Reed won R1 500 for her rendition of Alexander Johnson’s Jazz Impromptu No 2.
The runner-up prizes of R2 500 and bronze medals were awarded to Roelof Temmingh, 15 of Stellenbosch and Caryn Reed, 17 of Bethlehem (piano), Danielle Rossouw, 16 of Welgemoed Cape Town (clarinet) and Wilmien Janse van Rensburg, 16 of Parkview (violin).
The UNISA Shadow Jury Prize of R2 000 for the best semi-finalist who was not a finalist went to Lezanti van Sittert, 16, of Pretoria. The main adjudicating panel also voted Danielle Rossouw as the most promising first time contestant and semi-finalist.
Artscape’s competition for classical musicians aged between 14 and 19 years offered prizes worth R106 000. The contest started in April when 62 entrants were auditioned across South Africa. The 25 selected musicians took part a four round playoff at the Artscape Theatre in Cape Town, from 9 to 13 October 2012.
They had to perform a variety of classical works in front of eight adjudicators, namely, Franklin Leary, Anneke Lamont, Michael Maas, Brandon Phillips, Suzanne Martens, Bridget Rennie-Salonen, Denise Sutton and Shadrack Bokaba.
They were assisted by a shadow jury which was chaired by UNISA’s Sean Adams, and included former contestants Francois Botha, David Bester, Irene Kim and Thatiana Thaele.
“The overall standard of this year’s 25 semi-finalists surpassed all previous competitions. This is the only youth music competition in the country where the finalists get an opportunity to play with a professional symphony orchestra as part of the competition,” says Michael Maas, CEO of Artscape.
The 2013 competition is scheduled to take place from 1 to 5 October 2013 at the Artscape Theatre in Cape Town.
Issued on behalf of Artscape by Afrikom
Michael Maas, CEO, Artscape, Tel: 021 410 9921
Frikkie Odendaal, Afrikom Strategic Communications, Tel: 021 423 7263
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