12th Unisa International Piano Competition 2012
The first Unisa international piano competition
The first international piano competition was presented at Unisa in 1982. The winner of this competition, the Canadian pianist Marc-André Hamelin, has gained international renown as a concert pianist in the meantime. Other prize winners currently active on the international concert circuit include American soprano, Reneé Fleming, South African tenors Johan Botha and Kobie van Rensburg while the list of past jurors include illustrious names such as Guido Agosti, Gyorgy Sandor, Fanny Waterman, Halina Czerny-Stefanska, Sergei Dorensky, Irina Arkhipova, Martina Arroyo, Marie Claire-Alain etcetera.
Subsequently other disciplines were introduced such as singing (1984), strings (1988) and organ (1998).
In 1990 the Unisa International Music Competitions was accepted as the only accredited of the prestigious World Federation of International Music Competitions (Geneva) on the African continent. In 2008 Ben Schoeman became the First South African pianist to receive first prize in the history of these competitions.
In 2012 these events will celebrate its 30th anniversary with the presentation of the 12th Unisa International Piano Competition.
These events have earned the reputation as Unisa’s foremost cultural showcase not only locally, but also internationally.