The 5th Unisa National Piano Competition is over.
The classical section featured Willem de Beer playing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto no. 4 in G major in front of his home crowd with the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Maestro Eric Rycroft. His rendition of this popular concert showed the necessary musicality balanced with a flawless technique.
He was followed by the winner of the Classical Category, Megan-Geoffrey Prins, whose passionate performance of Rachmaninov’s monumental Concerto no. 3 in D minor brought the audience to their feet. His virtuosity and control over the instrument is really remarkable and he is a worthy winner of the competition, joining the ranks of previous winners Mark Nixon, Ben Schoeman, Johan Botes and Jan Hugo.
In addition to the R60 000 first prize and two R2 000 smaller prizes for Best Performance of a Baroque work in Round 1 and Best Performance of a Sonata in Round 2, Prins has also won a concert tour of South Africa, sponsored by Schalk Visser Concert Promotions.
Both finalists will be able to represent South Africa in the prestigious 13th Unisa International Piano Competition taking place in January 2016.