The fifth instalment of the prestigious Unisa National Piano Competition will include a Jazz Piano category running parallel to the traditional Classical category.
It will take place from 11 July to 18 July in the ZK Matthews Great Hall on Unisa’s Muckleneuk Campus in Pretoria.
Senior piano students 28 years and younger are invited to submit their entries by 27 February to the Unisa Music Foundation. [GARD align=”center”]
The event, sponsored by Unisa, is famous for the high level of musicianship, stamina, technique and focus it requires of the pianists. Nevertheless, they will be well rewarded for their efforts since the prizes are worth R190 000 in total. The live rounds have been extremely popular in the past, attracting big audiences. [GARD align=”center”]
Some of the country’s most respected pianists and pedagogues have been invited to serve on two panels. Ruth Goveia, Malcolm Nay, Elna van der Merwe and Wessel van Wyk will serve on the Classical Piano panel. Neil Gonsalves, Paul Hanmer, Roland Moses and Andre Petersen will serve on the Jazz Piano panel. Prof Karendra Devroop, Deputy Director of the Unisa Music Foundation will serve on both panels.
Previous winners of the Unisa National Piano Competition are Mark Nixon (1999), Ben Schoeman (2003), Johan Botes (2007) and Jan Hugo (2011).
The rules, regulations and entry form is available on the Unisa Music Foundation’s website: www.unisa.ac.za/musicfoundation .