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prizewinners of the second unisa national piano competition

21 - 29 March 2003  pianocompetition

Winners of special prizes:

The Desmond Willson Memorial Prize of R2 000 for the best rendering of a work by JS Bach in the First Round:

Stephen Pierce (23)
JS Bach: Prelude and Fugue no 22 in B-flat minor (WTCI)

The James Verwey Memorial Prize of R2 000 for the best rendering of a South African work in the First Round:

Pieter Grobler (25)
S Grové: Nonyana, die Seremoniële Danser

The Antonín Dvorák Prize of R2 000 for the best rendering of a classical sonata in the Second Round:

Charl du Plessis (26)
L van Beethoven: Sonata no. 7 in D major, opus 10 no. 3

The Zara Jackson Prize of R2 000 for the best recital in the Third Round:

Ben Schoeman (19)
L van Beethoven: Sonate Nr. 2 in AMajeur, Op. 2, Nr. 2
F Chopin: Ballade Nr. 3 in A-mol Majeur, Op. 47
F Liszt: "Les jeux d' eaux ŕ la Villa d'Este"
F Liszt: Aprčs une lecture du Dante, fantasia quasi sonata, uit Années de Pčlerinage, Boek 2
A Ginastera: Sonata Nr. 1, Op. 22

The Norman Nossel Prize of R2 000 for the best rendering of a Concerto in the Final Round:

Stephen Pierce
G Gershwin: Concerto in F major

                      The Jurythejury

 

 

Front l to r: Marian Friedman, Japie Saayman (non-voting chairman), Peggy Haddon, Truida van der Walt
Back l to r: Eric Akrofi,
Hugo Schreuder, John Theodore, John Roos

 

 


The sponsors are gratefully aknowledged:

Main Sponsors
The University of South Africa   
The Vodacom Group     
Special Prize Sponsors
Hana Louw
Noman Nossel
Zara Jackson
Desmond Willson Memorial fund
James Verwey Memorial fund

Broadcast Supporter: SAfm

the winners

firstprize19 year old Ben Schoeman (right) receives first prize in the 2nd Unisa National Piano Competition from sponsor Vodacom's Mthobi Tyamzashe, Group Executive of Corporate Affairs for the Vodacom Group (left). Centre is John Roos, Director of the Unisa Music Foundation and Artistic Director of the competition.

First Prize:
the Vodacom Prize of R20 000
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Ben Schoeman (19)
Ben also received the Zara Jackson Prize of R2 000 for the best Recital in the Third Round.

Ben matriculated in 2001 in Pretoria with eight distinctions. Currently he is a second year BMus student at the University of Pretoria where he studies piano with Prof Joseph Stanford and violin with Prof Zanta Hofmeyr.

Ben is also an active composer.

Second Prize:
the Vodacom Prize of R15 000

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Stephen Pierce (23)
Stephen was also awarded two special prizes of R2 000 each, namely the Desmond Willson Memorial Prize for the best rendering of a work by JS Bach in the First Round and the Norman Nossel Prize for the best rendering of a Concerto in the Third Round.

Stephen has recently completed a BMus (Hons) Performing Arts degree cum laude  at the University of Pretoria as a piano student of Prof Joseph Stanford. He also received the Principal and Vice Chancellor's medal for exceptional achievement, which is awarded to the top student in the Faculty of Humanities.

Both Ben Schoeman and Stephen Pierce will represent South Africa in the 10th Unisa International Piano Competition scheduled from 22 January to 7 February 2004.

Third Prize:inette
the Vodacom Prize of R10 000

Inette Swart (19)
Inette is a fourth year BMus student at the University of Pretoria where she studies piano with Prof Ella Fourie. She also studies harpsichord with Prof Wim Viljoen.

Fourth Prize:
the Vodacom Prize of R5 000

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Eugene Joubert (20)
Eugene is currently a third year BMus student at the University of Pretoria where he studies piano with Prof Joseph Stanford. In 2000 he won fourth prize in the International Jeunesse Musicales Music Competition in Bucharest, Romania.