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Wednesday, August 28, 2013


At the end of August, a dozen young pianists will go all out to dazzle in a high-stakes contest to win one of the SAMRO Foundation’s lucrative scholarships.

Among them is Sibusiso Mashiloane (29), from Durban who is one of the Jazz/Popular Music semi-finalists.

Following an intensive selection process, six candidates in the Jazz/Popular Music category and six in the Western Art Music genre were selected as semi-finalists in the 2013 SAMRO Overseas Scholarships Competition, which is open to keyboard players this year.

They are gearing up to play their hearts out in front of a judging panel during the intermediate round on August 29 during which the top two candidates in each category will be selected to go into the final round.

The two finalists in each genre will then go head to head in a thrilling musical duel that never fails to produce creative fireworks, during the final round on August 31 at the SABC’s M1 Studio in Auckland Park. Two R170,000 scholarships – one for the best jazz candidate, one for the best western art music candidate – are up for grabs.

Sibusiso Mashiloane is the only KZN representative among the 12 gifted young pianists who hail from around the country, and range in age from 22 to 29. They have all excelled in their undergraduate music studies and are now looking to further their education at postgraduate level at an international tertiary institution, should they win one of the two prized SAMRO Foundation scholarships on offer this year.

These scholarships, offered every year by SAMRO for more than half a century, are among the most lucrative music education awards in the country and have provided a springboard to greatness for several generations of young South African musicians.

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