Competing for top notes

2015-10-06 06:00
Michael Maas listens to National Youth Music Competition contestants Tarren Pedro (18) of Kuils River and Nicholas Bruiners (17) of Mowbray.

Michael Maas listens to National Youth Music Competition contestants Tarren Pedro (18) of Kuils River and Nicholas Bruiners (17) of Mowbray.

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A group of 19 of South Africa’s most talented young classical musicians will compete for top honours at the National Youth Music Competition at Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre in Parow from Tuesday 13 to Saturday 17 October.

On top of the more than R125 000 in prizes; the overall winner will also be invited to perform in concerts at Nederburg, Overstrand Arts in Hermanus, as well as at the Darling Music Experience.

“There is even a contestant who will fly in from Germany to participate,” says Michael Maas, Founder and Chairman of the National Youth Music Foundation (NYMF).

He is Henley Jun (18) from Somerset West, who is studying piano in Leipzig, Germany.

Henley will be competing against local contestants; violinist Nicholas Bruiners (17) from Mowbray, Rondebosch flautist Sakhile Humbane (19) and Shannon Thebus (19) from Grassy Park on the French Horn.

Following auditions, the 19 young musicians from around the country will compete against each other in four categories over four rounds for the coveted first prize. This year there are nine entries in the wind section, six for strings, three pianists and one percussionist.

“This competition caters for classical musicians who are too young to qualify for the UNISA International Music and the ATKV Muziq competitions; or too old for the SAMRO Hubert van der Spuy competition.

All competitors take part in the first two rounds, after which a maximum of 12 players go through to the third round. Thereafter, six finalists are chosen to perform with the CPO at a gala concert under the baton of the newly appointed, Resident Conductor of the CPO, Brandon Philips.V

The finalists’ gala concert on 17 October starts at 19:30. Tickets cost R150, R90 for pensioners and R50 for students from Computicket.

A group of 19 of South Africa’s most talented young classical musicians will compete for top honours at the National Youth Music Competition at Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre in Parow from Tuesday 13 to Saturday 17 October.

On top of the more than R125 000 in prizes, the overall winner will be invited to perform in concerts at Nederburg, Overstrand Arts in Hermanus, as well as at the Darling Music Experience.

“There is even a contestant who will fly in from Germany to participate,” says Michael Maas, founder and chairperson of the National Youth Music Foundation. He is Henley Jun (18) from Somerset West, who is studying piano in Leipzig, Germany.

Henley will compete against local contestants, like violinist Nicholas Bruiners (17) from Mowbray, Rondebosch flautist Sakhile Humbane (19) and Shannon Thebus (19) from Grassy Park on the French horn.

Following auditions, the 19 young musicians from around the country will compete against each other in four categories over four rounds for the coveted first prize.

This year there are nine entries in the wind section, six for strings, three pianists and one percussionist.

The competition caters for classical musicians who are too young to qualify for the Unisa International Music and the ATKV Muziq competitions, or too old for the Samro Hubert van der Spuy competition.

All competitors take part in the first two rounds, after which a maximum of 12 players go through to the third round. Thereafter, six finalists are chosen to perform with the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra at a gala concert under the baton of newly appointed resident conductor of the Orchestra Brandon Phillips.V

The finalists’ gala concert on 17 October starts at 19:30. Tickets cost R150 from Computicket.

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