Durban violinist in strings competition

2010-01-21 00:00

DURBAN’S Jacqueline Wedderburn-Maxwell is one of 28 young musicians from around the world taking part in Vodacom-sponsored Fifth Unisa International String ­Competition in Tshwane from January 22 to February 5.

The competition is the only one of its kind in Africa that is recognised by the World Federation of ­International Music Competitions in Geneva.

The young­est competitor in the field, Wedderburn-Maxwell, aged 16, is one of four musicians from South Africa competing in the event, which offers two first prizes of R200 000 each for the first-placed violinist and cellist. The other local competitors are cellist Jacques-Pierre ­Malan, and violinists Avigail Bushakevitz and Vicente Espi.

The judges, who also hail from a number of countries, include Jitka Vlašánková, who has played the cello since the age of seven; Lina Yu, a violinist from China who won ­instant acclaim when she premiered in the Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto at the age of 18; Susan Mouton, from Durban, who began cello lessons at the age of 10 and is principal cellist of the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra of South ­Africa; Jamaican violinist Steven Woodham, who has appeared as ­soloist in many university orchestras and touring chamber orchestras; and John Roos, the artistic ­director of the Unisa National and International Music Competitions.

The competitors will be accompanied by pianists during the first, second and third rounds of the ­competition, and by the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, ­conducted by South African-born Conrad Elmar van Alphen, during the final rounds on February 4 and February 5. All rounds will be held at the Z. K. Matthews Great Hall, Unisa Main Campus in Tshwane.

Tickets for the final rounds can be booked at Computicket.

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