Hitting the right notes

2016-08-16 06:00
Bronwyn van Wieringen (21)  PHOTO: Jeffrey Abrahams

Bronwyn van Wieringen (21) PHOTO: Jeffrey Abrahams

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Camps Bay pianist Bronwyn van Wieringen has been chosen to perform at the 45th annual Western Cape Youth Music Festival at Artscape Theatre on Friday 19 August.

Bronwyn (21) will share the stage with 11 other young classical musicians from around the Western Cape who’ll be performing alongside the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Brandon Phillips.

She’ll be playing Mozart’s “Piano Concerto No 27 in B flat, K595 - 1st movement”.

As the festival is a celebration and not a competition, the appeal of the works presented, as well as good variety in the overall programme content, played an important part in the final selection of these soloists.

Bronwyn is currently in her fourth year of a BMus in Performance at the South African College of Music at UCT, studying with Professor Albie van Schalkwyk.

Her notable achievements include winning the Johan Vos Piano Competition, the SACS National Music Competition and a third place in the Hennie Joubert National Piano Competition. Bronwyn also attained distinctions in both the violin and piano Grade 8 Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) examinations in 2010.

She has been the recipient of a SAMRO bursary for the past three years, a number of UCT Scholarships and was awarded the Kathleen Irish Scholarship from the South African Society of Music Teachers in 2014, subsequently performing a recital at their annual conference in Pretoria.

Bronwyn has performed as a soloist with the University of Stellenbosch Symphony Orchestra and the University of Cape Town Symphony Orchestra and has received master classes from Antonio Pompa-Baldi, Olga Kern, Edith Zvi and Ilya Friedberg, amongst others.

In 2015 her trio was awarded first place in the Schock Foundation Prize for Chamber Music.

Artscape CEO, Marlene le Roux says the number of musicians auditioning to take part in the concert increases annually and the soloists chosen for this year’s show are a true representation of the emerging talent in the Western Cape.

“A dream is realized as they perform on stage accompanied by the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra. We acknowledge the teachers and music institutions that nurture and support these young musicians, raising the standards of excellence each year.”V Tickets for the concert cost R80 or R40 for pensioners, students and scholars from Computicket or Artscape Dial-a-Seat on 021 421 7695.


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