After two rounds and more than nine hours of live music, seven semi-finalists were announced in the Classical Category of the Unisa National Piano Competition.
They are André Breet (20), Peter Cartwright (26), Willem de Beer (23), Lourens Fick (24), Sulayman Human (22), Misha Meyer (24) and Megan-Geoffrey Prins (25).
The semi-final round in the Classical Category takes place on Wednesday 15 July. There will be three session: 10:00, 14:00 and 19:00. Tickets cost R40 per session and are sold at the door.
During this demanding round each candidate must perform a recital of 45 to 55 minutes.
During the morning session André and Peter will perform. Three candidates will perform during the afternoon session: Willem, Lourens and Sulayman. During the evening session it will be Misha and Megan-Geoffrey.
The panel of adjudicators consists of some of South Africa’s most respected pianists and pedagogues: Ruth Goveia, Malcolm Nay, Elna van der Merwe and Wessel van Wyk. They will choose two finalists who will each perform a concerto with the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Eric Rycroft.
A Jazz Category is running alongside the Classical Category, with a separate panel of adjudicators. Two finalists in the Jazz Category will perform in a trio with bass and drums on Saturday 18 July, followed by the two concertos after interval.
Tickets for the final round are sold at Computicket.
The performance schedule will be uploaded on the Unisa Music Foundation’s website in due course: www.unisa.ac.za/musicfoundation .