New generation of South African jazz and classical pianists to compete for UNISA prize

Twenty young pianists have been selected to participate in the 5th Unisa National Piano Competition from 11 July to 18 July in the ZK Matthews Great Hall on Unisa’s Muckleneuk Campus in Pretoria.

For the first time the competition will have a Jazz Category running parallel to the Classical Category. Competitors in the Jazz Category are Marcel Dednam (23, Pretoria), Maryke Johnson (25, Pretoria), Ndumiso Ndlovu (26, Durban), Lungelo Ngcobo (22, Port Shepstone) and Kyle Shepherd (28, Cape Town).  Kyle Shepherd is the current Standard Bank Young Artist for Jazz.

The UNISA competition is held in Pretoria and Marcel Dednam is the local competitor.  Will this give him a home advantage?

The UNISA competition is held in Pretoria and Marcel Dednam is the local competitor. Will this give him a home advantage?

Competitors in the Classical Category are André Breet (20, Krugersdorp), Peter Cartwright (26, Grahamstown), Willem de Beer    (23, Pretoria), Lourens Fick (24, Paarl), Christo Greyling (23, Grahamstown), Nicholas Haralambous  (21, Cape Town), Sulayman Human (22, Stellenbosch), Rosie Lemmer (16, Pretoria), Julien Lume (21, Pretoria), Misha Meyer (24, Pretoria), Megan-Geoffrey Prins  (25, Riversdale), Caryn Reed (20, Pretoria), Richard Rheeder (25, Bloemfontein), Daniel Strahilevitz (26, Berlin) and Lezanti van Sittert (19, Pretoria).

Another local competitor, Misha Meyer, but in the classical section.

Another local competitor, Misha Meyer, but in the classical section.

The competition starts with Round 1 of the Classical Category on Saturday 11 July, followed by Round 1 of the Jazz Category on Sunday 12 July. Two separate juries will adjudicate the two categories.

The competition is sponsored by Unisa and the two first prizes are worth R60 000 each.

The performance schedule will be uploaded in due course on the Unisa Music Foundation’s website in due course: http://www.unisa.ac.za/musicfoundation.  All information available from the Unisa Music Foundation.

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