Battle lines drawn for final rounds of 13th Unisa International Piano Competition

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The classical finalists in the 13th UNISA International Piano Competition (from left to right): Philipp Scheucher (Austria), Seomseung Lee (Republic of Korea), and Daniel Ciobanu (Romania).
The classical finalists in the 13th UNISA International Piano Competition (from left to right): Philipp Scheucher (Austria), Seomseung Lee (Republic of Korea), and Daniel Ciobanu (Romania).

Congratulations to Philipp Scheucher (Austria), Seomseung Lee (Republic of Korea), and Daniel Ciobanu (Romania) who emerged as finalists for the final rounds of the 13th Unisa International Piano Competition’s classical category. This after an intense two week period which provided an out-of-body experience for live audiences who were kept on the edge of their seats at the Unisa ZK Mathews Hall in Pretoria.  Sebastiaan van Bavel (Netherlands), Addison Frei (American) and Gill Scott Chapman, were announced as the finalist for the jazz category.

The final round of the competition will feature three classical pianists and three jazz pianists performing with a symphony orchestra and rhythm section respectively on two separate nights. The classical pianists will each perform a piano concerto and the jazz finalists will perform a 30 minute programme with bass and drums.

As far back as in 1990 the Unisa International Music Competitions were accepted as the only ones on the African continent which are accredited by the prestigious World Federation of International Music Competitions (Geneva). In 2008 Ben Schoeman became the First South African pianist to receive first prize in the history of these competitions. These events have also earned a reputation as Unisa’s foremost cultural showcase not only locally, but also internationally. You too can be part of this exhilarating experience by attending the musically sensational final rounds on Friday 5 December for the jazz category and Saturday 6 December for the classical category.

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