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3RD UNISA NATIONAL PIANO COMPETITION (article first published : 2007-04-28)

Some 17 young South Africans will take part in the Vodacom-sponsored 3rd Unisa National Piano Competition, to be held in Pretoria at the end of June.

Vodacom, which has been the main sponsor since 2002, will once again underline its recognition of the value of arts and culture in the life of the nation with its support of the 2007 competition.

Dot Field, Chief Communications Officer of the Vodacom Group, says: “As South Africa’s leading cellular network, Vodacom is proud to be associated with the leading music competition in the country. We are delighted to once again sponsor the competition and look forward to a feast of music from these talented youngsters.”

The competitors, who range in age from 15 to 26 years, will compete for a total purse of R104,000 – a substantial increase from last year. The winner will take home a cheque for R40,000, while the runners up will receive R30,000 and R20,000 respectively.

Four special prizes to the value of R14,000 are also awarded for best performances in the various qualifying rounds.

Ten of the competitors are based in Pretoria, while five are from the Western Cape, one is from Durban and one is from Johannesburg.

In order to qualify, candidates had to submit a CD recording of their performances of three works from the prescribed repertoire – a prelude and fugue by JS Bach, a Mozart sonata and a virtuoso work.

All candidates perform in the first two rounds, while a maximum of seven go into the third round, and three are chosen for the final round on June 29, 2007.

The Unisa International Music Competitions is a member of the World Federation of International Music Competitions in Geneva. It is the only music competition in Africa to be recognized by the world body and fulfils stringent criteria to do so.

More information from Ruth Coggin at Quo Vadis Communications on 011 487 0026, 082 903 5819 or e-mail: ruth@quo-vadis.coza




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