I attended the finals of the first Unisa Wind Competition on 6 July 2013. It was a fabulous evening!
The four finalists with their works were Justin Carter with Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra, Op 57 by Carl Nielson (1865-1931); Cobus du Toit with Concerto for Flute and Orchestra in D major, Op 283 by Carl Reinecke (1820-1869); Matthew Lombard with Concerto for Alto Saxophone and String Orchestra by Alexander Glazounov (1865-1936); and Myles Roberts with Concerto for Flute and Orchestra by Hendrik Hofmeyr (b. 1957).
Justin Carter (Clarinet) and both flautists (Cobus du Toit and Myles Roberts) will be competing in the First Unisa International Flute and Clarinet Competition in 2014.
The Johannesburg Festival Orchestra were conducted by Brandon Phillips.
In fourth place was Justin Carter (Clarinet), in third place was Myles Roberts (flute), in second place was Matthew Lombard, with first place going to Cobus du Toit.
Cobus du Toit (28) is studying towards his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Colorado. Myles Roberts is only 21 and busy completing his BMus degree at the University of Stellenbosch. The technical difficulty of the Hofmeyr piece was immense and Roberts coped with it magnificently. He is certainly a performer to watch in the future, although the more mature interpretation of du Toit in the Reinecke piece was wonderful and made him the clear winner.
While everyone took home some substantial prizes, Cobus du Toit went home with R60 000, R5 000 voucher to Lovemore Music, a handcrafted saxophone worth R40 000 sponsored by P Mauriat, R10 000 for the Flute Category Prize and several of the smaller prizes. The opportunity for him to compete in the First Unisa International Flute and Clarinet Competition in 2014 puts him in line not only to win the overall prizes, but also the special South African prizes at that competition.
Well done to everyone on a fantastic competition with Unisa’s usual high standards of excellence with the organisation of this prestigious event.