The 5th Unisa National Piano Competition is in its final stage, with the finalists in the Classical Category announced on Wednesday 15 July. They are Willem de Beer from Pretoria and Megan-Geoffrey Prins from Riversdale.
These two candidates have competed against nine other talented and dedicated young pianists and have performed almost two hours of memorized music that was near flawless, before passing through to the final round with orchestra.
The final round takes place on Saturday 18 July at 19:00 in the Z K Matthews Great Hall at Unisa in Pretoria. Willem de Beer will perform the fourth piano concerto by Beethoven, followed by Rachmaninov’s third concerto performed by Megan-Geoffrey Prins.
The Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra will be conducted by Eric Rycroft. Tickets for the final round are sold at Computicket.
The first half of the final round will be dedicated to the two jazz finalists, each performing in a trio setup with seasoned musicians Rob Watson (drums) and Victor Masondo (bass). The names of the finalists in the Jazz Category will only be announced on Thursday 16 July, after conclusion of the third round session for the Jazz Category.
The two piano concertos will be performed after interval.
Both the classical finalists are planning to continue their studies abroad: Willem de Beer is going to the Manhattan School of Music for Master’s Studies and Megan-Geoffrey Prins is will continue his Doctoral studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music.
The first prize in each category is worth R60 000 and second prize R35 000.
For more information, the Unisa Music Foundation can be contacted at 012 429 3336 or firstname.lastname@example.org.