The thirteenth instalment of the prestigious Unisa International Piano Competition will include a Jazz Piano category running parallel to the traditional Classical category, similar to the recent and very successful Unisa National Piano Competition.
It will take place next year from 25 January to 06 February in the ZK Matthews Great Hall on Unisa’s Muckleneuk Campus in Pretoria.
Senior piano students, 30 years and younger are invited to submit their entries by 19 September to the Unisa Music Foundation.
The event, sponsored by Unisa, is famous for the high level of musicianship, stamina, technique and focus it requires of the pianists. Candidates will compete for a share of the prize money which totals R820 000.
Two sets of adjudicators, carefully selected by Karendra Devroop, Artistic Director of the Unisa Music Competitions, will evaluate the performances of the competitors. Highly respected and experienced, they will represent several countries in Europe, Asia, the Americas as well as South Africa and their combined expertise promises to add much value to the event.
As part of the educational leg of the event, a shadow jury, consisting of promising piano students from all over South Africa will be invited to attend the event. The programme has proven to enhance the students’ critical listening and evaluating skills and provides a much needed practical experience for future music examiners and teachers.
The rules, regulations and entry form are available on the Unisa Music Foundation’s website: www.unisa.ac.za/musicfoundation.